APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH
OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 13-1904, DIVISION
"J" HONORABLE STEPHEN C. GREFER, JUDGE PRESIDING
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE, STATE OF LOUISIANA Paul D.
Connick, Jr. Terry M. Boudreaux Juliet L. Clark
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLANT, JORDAN T. HICKS Gwendolyn K.
composed of Judges Jude G. Gravois, Marc E. Johnson, and John
J. Molaison, Jr.
E. JOHNSON, JUDGE.
Jordan Hicks, appeals his convictions for two counts of
second degree murder from the 24th Judicial
District Court, Division, "J". For the following
reasons, Defendant's convictions and sentences are
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
April 11, 2013, a Jefferson Parish Grand Jury indicted
Defendant and co-defendant, Ernest L. Payne Jr.,
with two counts of second degree murder,  violations of La.
R.S. 14:30.1.  Defendant pleaded not guilty to the
charged offenses at his arraignment on May 29, 2013.
Following numerous continuances, trial commenced before a
12-person jury as to both Defendant and co-defendant Payne on
May 16, 2017. On May 19, 2017, Defendant was found guilty as
charged on both counts. 
2, 2017, Defendant filed a motion for new trial, arguing that
because the trial court would not allow the "privately
hired attorney to represent defendant," the trial court
prevented him from choosing his own representation, and as a
result, he was entitled to a new trial. This motion was heard
on June 7, 2017, and after argument by counsel, the trial
court denied the motion. After waiving delays regarding
sentencing, the trial court sentenced Defendant to life
imprisonment without the benefit of probation, parole, or
suspension of sentence on each count to run concurrently with
each other. Defendant filed a motion for appeal in open court
following sentencing, which the trial court granted on June
8, 2017. The instant appeal followed.
appeal, Defendant alleges the trial court erred in: 1)
denying his right to proceed to trial with the counsel of his
choosing; 2) denying his retained counsel's request for a
continuance; and 3) denying his motion for new trial.
AND ANALYSIS 
of Error Numbers One, Two and Three
assignments of error, Defendant argues that the trial court
erred in denying his motion for continuance, thereby denying
him his right to counsel of his choice. As a result,
Defendant contends that the trial court erred in denying his
motion for new trial based on this allegation.
record reflects that Defendant was arraigned on May 29, 2013,
and was initially represented by John Benz of the Public
Defender's Office. Subsequently, on August 15, 2014,
Martin Regan filed omnibus motions, including a motion to
enroll as counsel of record. From August 19, 2013 through
April 21, 2014, the minute entries reflect that Aidan Shah,
with Mr. Regan's firm, made appearances on
Defendant's behalf. On June 25, 2014, Mr. Shah filed a
motion to withdraw as counsel of record asserting that
"[c]ircumstances have developed in the course of
representation that have caused an irremediable breakdown in
the attorney-client relationship which prevents undersigned
counsel from providing effective assistance of counsel."
Mr. Benz was then reappointed as counsel of record on July
14, 2014. The minute entries reflect that Mr. Benz made
appearances on Defendant's behalf from that point onward.
three years later, on May 1, 2017, and two weeks before the
scheduled trial date, attorneys Martin Regan and Adam Koob
appeared in court, with Mr. Koob indicating they were
"enrolling on Mr. Hicks." The record reflects that
all parties approached and a bench conference was held off
the record. The court then stated,
Martin Regan is present in the courtroom today. Mr. Benz is
also present in the courtroom. Mr. Benz has been representing