FAIRBANKS, Alaska -

A trial is beginning for a 21-year-old Fairbanks man who is charged with second-degree murder in the 2011 death of an acquaintance after an argument.
    
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Cornelius Everett Jr. pleaded guilty last year to manslaughter and accepted a 15-year prison term for his role in the death of 55-year-old Johnson Griffin at a Fairbanks apartment.
    
Everett changed his mind eight days later, saying his court-appointed attorney coerced him into pleading guilty.
    
Superior Court judge Michael MacDonald released him from the plea deal. The judge, however, declined to grant a new court-appointed attorney.
    
In June 2011, Griffin was found dead in his Northward Building apartment.
    
Everett was later identified as a suspect.
    
He was scheduled to begin trial Monday.