Attorney Otto Fry has taken over a case against an attempted capital murder suspect after Defense Attorney Danny Rasmussen recused himself because of a conflict of interest.

Fry informed Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson Jr. on Monday that he now represents Brandon Alan Singleton, 33, and that Rasmussen provided him with all discovery and information he had on the case.

Singleton was arrested in connection to a November incident where a Faulkner County man was beaten and struck on the head with a blunt object.

Singleton is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond on attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery, theft of property obtained by threat of serious physical injury, first-degree battery and fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Colin Wall requested a no contact order be issued between Singleton and the victim Monday.

The victim said he had given Singleton a ride home from the 8 Mile Store, located off Highway 64 in Conway, when he was directed to pull up to "what appeared to be an abandoned house trailer on the corner of Beryl Road," an Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office news release stated.

Melissa Canon, 37, and Colby Johnston, 25, have each been charged with aggravated robbery and theft of property by threat in the matter after the victim reported "three individuals beat him and told him multiple times he was going to die" before making off with the victim’s wallet, cell phone and vehicle, the news release stated.

Clawson granted Wall’s motion to compel a DNA sample and set Singleton’s next pretrial for May 31.

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