CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A man accused of beating his wife to death has a new attorney.

John Wiser didn't appear in court Wednesday, but the judge appointed him a new lawyer.

Wiser is charged with first degree murder and domestic aggravated assault.

He's accused of beating his wife Shea so badly that she died.

Wiser's previous attorney withdrew from the case because a witness was related to someone in the public defender's office.

Wiser is scheduled to be back in court February 16th.