Kimm Hannan told the judge no longer wanted to serve as his own attorney.
CANTON A mistrial Tuesday means the case against a Stark County financial adviser accused of defrauding $1.7 million from his clients will be delayed until at least August.
Kimm C. Hannan was expected to represent himself at trial in Stark County Common Pleas Court with an attorney from the Stark County Public Defender's Office on stand-by to provide help if Hannan needed it. A jury was seated Monday to hear the evidence.
By Tuesday morning, Hannan told the court he had changed his mind and wanted to pursue a possible plea agreement with county prosecutors. That deal never materialized.
Hannan then told the judge he no longer wanted to serve as his own attorney and instead wanted Ken Frame of the Public Defender's Office to represent him at trial. Frame agreed to step in but indicated he needed more time to prepare the case.
Judge Chryssa Hartnett said she had no choice but to declare a mistrial. She also ordered a competency review of Hannan's mental status.
Victims who lost money to Hannan arrived in court Tuesday hoping to see a resolution to the case or a trial, said Joe Vance, assistant Stark County prosecutor. They left disappointed after Vance's objections to a continuance were overruled by Hartnett.
"The state objected but the victims completely understood the need for the delay," Vance said.
He declined further comment, citing the pending case.
Hannan, 67, of Jackson Township, was indicted in March on 53 counts of prohibited securities acts, all felonies. Hannan also faces single counts of aggravated theft and theft from a person in a protected class.
Hannan, who operated a financial advisory business in Stark County, is accused of defrauding clients between 2014 and 2017.
The judge scheduled another pretrial hearing for August.
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