Hawaii man accused of stealing dead baby’s ID loses lawyer

HONOLULU — A former U.S. defense contractor in Hawaii accused with his wife of living for decades under stolen identities of dead babies will get a new attorney, a federal judge ruled Thursday. According to prosecutors, Walter Glenn Primrose and Gwynn Darle Morrison are the real names of the couple who have been living for decades under stolen identities, Bobby Fort and Julie Montague. Prosecutors say Primrose spent more than 20 years in the Coast Guard, where he obtained secret-level security clearance.

They have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, false statement in a passport application and aggravated identity theft. Assistant Federal Defender Max Mizono filed a motion this month asking to withdraw as Primrose’s attorney, citing a breakdown in the relationship. During a hearing Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Rom Trader granted the request after having a conversation with Mizono and Primrose about their relationship. After returning, Trader said he found good cause to determine that it’s no longer tenable for Mizono to continue representing Primrose.

Another attorney will be appointed.

A search of the couple’s home turned up photos of them wearing jackets similar to KGB uniforms, an invisible ink kit, documents with coded language and maps showing military bases.

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