Plea hearing reset for Lufkin man accused of forcing two girls to use meth, sexually assaulting them

Plea hearing reset for Lufkin man accused of forcing two girls to use meth, sexually assaulting them
Source: Angelina County Jail
Source: Angelina County Jail
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

A Lufkin man was scheduled to have a plea hearing Thursday for allegedly forcing two underage girls to use meth and then sexually assaulting them.

Brandon Pipkin, 39,
 was originally arrested in back 2014 for sexual assault and drug felonies.

However, the plea hearing didn't happen after Pipkin requested a few things from Judge Paul White in a letter. 

Pipkin explained that he wanted a new court-appointed attorney because he felt unsatisfied with John Tunnell.

Pipkin told White that Tunnell only visited him six times during his 16 month stay in the Angelina County Jail and refused to respond to letters Pipkin sent him. Tunnell denied Pipkins complaints.

White told Pipkin that Tunnell did not have to visit him in jail and that he felt that the request for a new attorney was an act of stalling his hearing.

Pipkin also said Tunnell did not inform him that he was allowed to see the DNA results and reports that the District Attorneys office was using as evidence against Pipkin.

White said he would consider Pipkins request for a change in defense. He also wanted Pipkin to have a chance to review the evidence the District Attorneys office has.

White reset the plea hearing for sometime next week. A date has not been set. 

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