Accused marijuana grower to pull plea

Fairbanks man had originally pleaded guilty; now he could face trial in October.

Associated PressJuly 14, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- A Fairbanks man accused of growing more than 500 marijuana plants has switched lawyers and now plans to withdraw his guilty plea.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that Floyd Harshman's first public defender withdrew from the case last week at the defendant's request.

His new public defender, Darell Gardner, appeared in court with Harshman on Friday.

Harshman asked to withdraw his guilty plea in a 74-page document he sent to the court.

If a judge accepts his motion to withdraw the plea, Harshman could go to trial in October with a pair of co-defendants.

Harshman is accused of running marijuana-grow operations on the Elliott Highway and in the Aurora subdivision.

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