New public defender begins work here
Ozark County residents soon may be seeing a new face behind the defense table in the courtroom. Spellman Robertson is now the assistant public defender assigned to Ozark County. Robertson, who lives in Ava and works out of the Ava branch of the Missouri Public Defenders office, officially began his duties with the Ava office on April 16 and has been transitioning into his role on Ozark County cases since that time.
Robertson obtained his JD degree in 2002 from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He operated his own practice from 2005 to 2015, then left the legal profession and took a corporate job at J. B. Hunt Transport Services for two years before relocating to the Ozarks and resuming his law career.