I am become Onii-san
Huh. They got paid counsel? Interesting.From what I understood, apparently they hired the wrong type of lawyer is he didn't have time to prepare the case. They might have even hired him that very morning.
Otherwise it's not surprising. Chris likely only just got his lawyer that day, whether a PD or paid counsel, and the lawyer would need to prepare to represent his client properly. In other words, absolutely nothing happened at this hearing—the next hearing will be what should have happened at this hearing.
If this is paid counsel, I think we might be closer to seeing a plea bargain.