Accused Murderer Jeffrey Willis has a new attorney after his old counsel was hired by the Muskegon County Prosecutors office.

Prosecutor D.J. Hilson confirms Brian Hosticka, who is currently a public defender, has been hired to work in the family court division.

He will not be involved in criminal cases.

Additionally, Hilson says it would not be ethical for Hosticka to share any information about Willis' case, and he says, he would not ask him to do so.

Hosticka will start his new job in about two weeks.

The trial of Willis is scheduled to begin Sept. 12, 2017.

The crimes for which Willis is on trial include:

  • The 2013 kidnapping and murder of Jessica Heeringa, a Norton Shores convenience store worker.
  • The 2014 shooting death of jogger Rebcca Bletsch north of Muskegon
  • The attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl on River Road

The trial is expected to take eight days, ending on Sept. 22, 2017.

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