NORWALK – A man facing trial in the slaying of his estranged wife and the wounding of her boyfriend changed his mind Monday about representing himself in court. Norwalk Superior Court Judge Roger Ito granted Armando Martinez’s request for an attorney. Ito also said he will soon set a new trial date. Jury selection was supposed to start Monday. Instead, Martinez asked Ito for a lawyer. “At this time, I am mentally unstable to go to trial… so I need an attorney at this point,” Martinez told the judge. Ito pointed out that a jury panel has already been ordered. But he decided to appoint an attorney for Martinez anyway, saying the defendant asked “unequivocally” for a lawyer. Martinez faces 60 years to life if convicted of murder – a penalty Ito said he took into consideration in granting the defendant’s request for a lawyer. Martinez, 49, is charged with murder and attempted murder stemming from a July 16, 2005, shooting in Pico Rivera that killed Irma Martinez and injured Eric Hernandez. Authorities say Martinez shot Hernandez in the shoulder, then shot his estranged wife in the head as the two sat talking in a yard of a Pico Rivera house. Martinez went to Mexico after the shooting. He was arrested Nov. 1, 2005, in Tijuana and sent back to the United States in May 2006. Until Monday, Martinez had repeatedly said he wanted to represent himself at trial, Deputy District Attorney Hector Gutierrez said. Ito said that in his estimation Martinez has not done a good job of representing himself. He told Martinez the lawyer Ito appoints will be on standby, in case Martinez asks again to be his own attorney. Ito also told Martinez he has delayed the proceedings and called motions he filed “spurious.” At an August hearing in Whittier Superior Court, Martinez had an attorney, but he insisted then that he be permitted to represent himself. Judge Daniel Murphy denied his request then. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!