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New lawyer for man involved in activist's death

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A man involved in the murder of a northern Virginia activist has a new attorney after he told a judge his previous lawyer failed to show him evidence and just talked about it.

A spokesman for the Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County says Ivan Newman made the claim Thursday and was assigned a new attorney.

Newman originally agreed to plead guilty and testify against a co-defendant, Tyrone Lewis, at trial. But prosecutors say Newman later changed his story, nullifying the agreement. Prosecutors had anticipated he would enter a new plea and be sentenced Thursday.

Lewis was ultimately convicted of killing activist Lenny Harris of Alexandria, whose body was found in a Fort Washington well in 2012. Another man, Linwood Johnson, also pleaded guilty to being involved.