Flatoff asks for an attorney during trial

Brian Flatoff in Outagamie County court, March 8, 2018. (WLUK)

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WLUK) -- Defense testimony has begun in the Fox Cities murder trial of Brian Flatoff, starting off with a change of mind by the defendant.

Flatoff had been representing himself, claiming he should be declared not guilty because of his mental disease or defect in the death of Michael Funk's death.

But Thursday, Flatoff asked to have an attorney represent him once again.

"Mr. Flatoff has a constitutional right to have counsel represent him and has chosen at this point to reinstate this right. Mr. Solagee is no longer standby counsel but now represents Mr. Flatoff," said Winnebago County Judge John Jorgensen.

In 2015, Flatoff allegedly took hostages at gunpoint at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah.

It triggered a shootout with police, resulting in Funk's death.

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