Accused killer Mesac Damas in court today to find out about attorney

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Mesac Damas, the suspect in last year's slayings of his wife and five children, will likely be in court for a status hearing on his case today.

Scheduled as a trial, the hearing will instead allow Collier Circuit Judge Franklin Baker to assess the progress of the death penalty case, which is still moving through the docket. More than 1,000 pages of discovery — investigative reports and interviews — have been released thus far by prosecutors.

Damas, 33, is charged with six counts of first degree murder. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.

Baker may address the resignation of Damas defender Michael Orlando, who has announced he is leaving the Public Defender's Office in July. Homicide defender Kathleen Fitzgeorge will assume the case

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