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Joaquin Shadow Rams hearing in toddler death case

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MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - A Manassas man facing the death penalty in the death of his 15-month-old son is slated to get a new attorney.

A hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Prince William County in the capital murder case against 41-year-old Joaquin Shadow Rams. Authorities accuse him of drowning his young son, Prince McLeod Rams, to collect on a life insurance policy.

Rams' first attorney, Timothy Olmstead, became ineligible to represent him when prosecutors upgraded the charges to capital murder. Olmstead is not certified to represent defendants in death-penalty cases.

A judge was poised last month to appoint a public defender to represent Rams, but held off when Rams requested a different attorney.

Authorities are also investigating the deaths of Rams' ex-girlfriend in 2003 and his mother in 2008.

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