The notice to appeal was filed Wednesday by lawyer David Anthony Chicarelli, along with a motion to withdraw as Hopkins’ lawyer on the case in the 12th District Court of Appeals.
Chicarelli and his father, David Allen Chicarelli, represented Hopkins during the criminal case in Warren County Common Pleas Court.
“It appears to the court that the defendant is indigent and unable to employ counsel for the appeal,” Peeler said in an order Thursday.
Lawyer William Oswall was appointed to handle the appeal.
The elder Chicarelli is still listed as Hopkins’ lawyer in a federal lawsuit against Hopkins, the school district and administrators.
Hopkins was in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Reception Center in Orient.