A local judge has granted a confessed killer’s request to represent himself in further legal proceedings. The ruling came Tuesday in the case against Richard Polaski, 63.
Mohave County Superior Court judge Lee Jantzen provided the litany of reasons why it’s against his best interest before approving Polaski’s wish to act as his own legal counsel. Prosecutor Greg McPhillips confirmed the Polaski made more incriminating comments during the hearing, including that “he did it” and that he acted in self defense when he killed John Holland, 65 in late June, 2015.
Polaski told authorities about the homicide after he tried to take his own life in Laughlin in early July. Authorities recovered Holland’s remains August 29, after Polaski advised he buried his friend in a back yard and encased the burial site in concrete.
Polaski is held without bond awaiting trial for first degree murder. Investigators are still looking into Polaski’s claims that he and at least one other party conspired to forge documents to gain power of attorney and control of the victim’s trust account and property.