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Case involving Gabriel Johnson back in court

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The case involving Elizabeth Johnson was back in court this morning.

The mother of missing Gabriel Johnson was assigned a new attorney and it turns out it's a familiar face.

Johnson's public defender, Vanessa Smith, is the same woman who was originally assigned to her two years ago.

After Smith was gone, Johnson eventually hired two sets of attorneys but both of them quit after Johnson refused to help in her defense.

Because of that, she's once again getting the public defender she first met.

Johnson did not appear in court today.  The judge did stress he is anxious for this trial to move forward.

Johnson's next hearing is set for Feb. 3.

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