WILMINGTON, Del. — A lawyer says his prayers and conversations with God prompted him to quit the defense on a high-profile Delaware murder case nearly 20 years ago.

Defense attorney Joseph Hurley told The News Journal in Wilmington Friday (http://delonline.us/2mDFnhQ ) that he had a moment of clarity while attending a funeral mass in 1998.

The prayer prompted him to quit as lead defense attorney for Thomas Capano, a former Delaware deputy attorney general who was accused of killing Anne Marie Fahey after a date.

Many people assumed Hurley quit after hearing Capano confess to the crime, but Hurley says he never asked Capano if he did it.

Hurley says he felt like representing Capano was pulling him into “an evil pit.”

Capano was convicted and died in prison in 2011.

Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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