Orange County man accused of shooting, killing teen diaper thief hires attorney identified as white supremacist

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County man accused of shooting and killing a teen diaper thief outside a Walmart in 2017 now has a new lawyer.

Lonnie Leonard, who is African American, has hired Augustus Invictus, an Orlando attorney who authorities have identified as a white nationalist.

Leonard has been through a couple court-appointed lawyers since his arrest.

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In that time he’s asked for stand-your-ground hearings, agreed to a plea deal, backed out of the plea deal and then fired his latest attorney Danny Tumarkin, all while maintaining his innocence.

“I’m not guilty of the crime. I just want to say that fact. I’m not guilty,” he said in court last December.

Former prosecutor Ryan Vescio said Leonard’s rotating cast of lawyers may be another tactic by him trying to delay going to trial.

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“At the end of the day, he has already had two very well experienced qualified attorneys appointed that he has not wanted to represent him,” Vescio said. “And has seemingly picked another attorney with not as much experience.”

Invictus has not filed notice in court that he’s representing Leonard yet. And he is also facing weapons and domestic violence charges in South Carolina himself.

Leonard’s manslaughter trial is set for February.

Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.

Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.