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      Barber hires new attorney

      Steve Barber being escorted out of the Adair County Courthouse in August

      A former longtime Kirksville dentist convicted on two felony charges has decided he needs a new attorney to handle his appeal. Steve Barber was represented by Kirksville attorney Ed Campbell in his original case. Barber has now hired the Kansas City law firm of Wyrsch, Hobbs and Mirakian for his appeal. The lead attorney for Barber's appeal will be J.R. Hobbs.

      Barber was convicted in August of two counts of tampering with a witness. He was taken into custody following his sentencing by Scotland County Judge Karl Demarce.Barber was sentenced to five years in prison on each count and is currently free on bond. He has filed a notice of appeal with the Western District Court of Appeals. Barber filed a request to leave the state over the Christmas holiday to visit family in Kansas. That request is being opposed by the Missouri Attorney General's Office which is handling the appeal for the state.

      When contacted by KTVO, Campbell said people change attorneys for all sorts of reasons. Meanwhile Hobbs told KTVO he couldn't comment on any possible reason for the change in attorneys. Although Barber has filed his intention to appeal with the appeals court, he has not yet filed the actual appeal.Previous stories....

      Barber gets out - Thursday, August 25, 2011Barber released pending appeal. Barber wants out - Wednesday, August 24, 2011Seeks to be released on bond pending appeal. Dr. Steve Barber sentenced - Wednesday, August 17, 2011Former Kirksville dentist Steve Barber was sentenced Wednesday. Dentist surrenders license - Thursday, July 28, 2011Convicted Kirksville dentist surrenders dental license Barber retains dental license - Wednesday, June 29, 2011A judge has ruled that a convicted dentist can keep his license, for now. Kirksville dentist could lose license - Monday, June 27, 2011An attorney for the Missouri Dental Board has filed a petition in Adair County Circuit Court. Barber denied new trial - Friday, June 24, 2011Judge orders the motion for an extension missed the deadline. Sentencing date set for Barber - Thursday, June 16, 2011Sentencing set for Aug. 17 Kirksville dentist guilty on both counts - Friday, June 03, 2011The jury returned with its verdict after deliberating six-and-a-half hours. Kirksville dentist stands trial - Friday, June 03, 2011Jury gets Barber case