A Buffalo man who admitted fatally beating his wife got another adjournment Friday to give him time to hire a new attorney and file a motion to withdraw his guilty plea.
Antoine Mattox last week told Erie County Judge Sheila M. DiTullio that he planned to retain a new attorney to replace Brian K. Parker, the third attorney assigned to represent him in this case. She adjourned the case and ordered him to return this week with his new attorney and the paperwork to withdraw his plea to first-degree manslaughter.
Parker told the judge that Mattox does not yet have a new attorney. The judge told Parker to file the plea withdrawal motion. She scheduled a hearing for Feb. 11 on the motion.
Mattox, 32, of Andover Avenue, was originally charged with murder in the March 11 slaying of Nedra E. Thomas-Mattox, 38, his wife of 10 years, in their home in the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood. He allegedly beat her to death with his fists and an iron and also kicked her. Their landlord found the body after Mattox fled, and Mattox was arrested at a Rochester bus terminal.
He pleaded guilty in October to the reduced charge, which carries a maximum prison term of 25 years. He was supposed to be sentenced in early December, but at that time, he told the judge that he wanted to withdraw his plea, because he said one of his former lawyers had coerced him into taking it. He also told her that he wanted a new attorney, and Parker was later assigned to the case.
His previous attorneys were Joseph Terranova and E. Carey Cantwell.