The public defender’s office will handle the case of a Kansas City man charged with a dozen murders … at least for now. Lorenzo Gilyard was charged , in April, with strangling ten women and two girls from 1977 to 1993. Gilyard claims he cannot afford his private attorney, so his case has been turned over to the public defender. Prosecutors oppose the idea of the state paying for Gilyard’s legal defense, saying he has driven a Mercedes-Benz, has a Range Rover, is a homeowner, and has relatives who are very wealthy.