A $300 judgment for public defender services was assessed against Brandie McLean, 28, Webb City, June 17, according to Jasper County Circuit Court records.
Ms. McLean, if you recall, is the woman whose eight-year-old son Braxton Wooden was shot to death while staying with foster parents in Alba. Braxton Wooden, along with Ms. McLean's other four children, were taken away from her after her two-year-old son was seen on the roof of her home, while Ms. McLean was sleeping inside. She had pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and two non-related forgery counts when her son was killed. At that point, she withdrew the guilty plea, saying that she realized the plea would damage her chances of regaining custody of her children.
Prior to her son's death, she had been represented by the Jasper County Public Defender's office. After the death, she hired Joplin attorney Juddson McPherson, who indicated in a recent TV interview that his client was considering filing a lawsuit against the foster parents who were in charge of Ms. McLean's son when he was shot to death.