Attorney for Tad Cummins files motion to be removed from case

Tad Cummins sitting with his lawyer in court on May 12, 2017. (Courtesy: Erin Plew)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The attorney for Tad Cummins says he no longer wants to represent him.

A judge set a hearing Friday for the motion filed by Brent Horst, who wants to be relieved of his duties in the case.

It’s unclear why Horst wants to be removed; the original motion was filed under seal, so it’s not available.

The hearing to discuss the matter is set for next Tuesday in federal court.

Cummins, a former Maury Count teacher, faces federal charges for allegedly kidnapping his former student in Columbia and leading authorities on a nationwide manhunt.

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He has been in custody since April 20 when he and Elizabeth Thomas, 15, were found in northern California. He goes to trial this April 17.

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