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Teen charged in hit-and-run death of Calgary police officer wants new lawyer

Last Updated Feb 16, 2021 at 11:53 am MDT

A white rose lies on a snowbank next to Sgt. Andrew Harnett's Calgary police cruiser while it is towed away following his tragic death during a traffic stop on New Year's Eve. Jan. 1, 2021. (PHOTO: Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY – An 18-year-old-man believed to have been driving when a Calgary police officer was hit and dragged by an SUV is looking for a new lawyer.

The accused is charged with first-degree murder in the New Year’s Eve death of Sgt. Andrew Harnett, who had tried to pull over the vehicle because its plates didn’t match its registration.

WATCH: Bail hearing for youth charged in officer’s death

The accused, who was 17 when he was charged, can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

He was represented by duty counsel when he appeared in court briefly via closed-circuit TV.

The matter was adjourned until March 2 so he can obtain a new lawyer.

The accused remains in custody after a judge denied him bail earlier this month.