"I will appoint new counsel, but I don't know who will take the case," he said.
Smith has also proven to be disgruntled with judges and the media. He has also been through a parade of prosecutors.
Former Kanawha Prosecutor Bill Forbes took Smith's case to trial in 1992 and won a conviction based on circumstantial evidence. Smith has warned Forbes to beware if he ever leaves prison.
Assistant Prosecutor Don Morris undertook Smith's case for a while, but it currently is in the hands of Jennifer Meadows. She was about 9 years old when the double homicide occurred.
Smith, a former Logan County High School football player, had numerous run-ins with the law at a young age. But he also was well known to police as an informant.
That is what led to his conviction, he contends. People who were mad at him for being a snitch framed him for the murders of McClain and Castoneda.
He admitted he was in the area that day - he said he was driving a borrowed car and crashed it. He knew the victims, he said, and after the wreck he used their vehicle.
His blood, found in that car, was introduced as evidence at his trial. But Smith said that blood came from injuries he sustained in the wreck.
There was some discrepancy in the time of death, and that is another point that Smith has renewed over the years. He maintains he was in Boone County when the women died.
His mother, Pearl Shanklin, has been an unfailing and active advocate in her son's case. When he is emotional or disruptive, she attempts to calm him. She did so on Wednesday when he became agitated.
She asked to speak on his behalf, but Zakaib granted her little leeway.
"You are not a party to this motion," he told her when she objected to the prosecutor's inference that Smith wasn't ever happy with his attorneys. "This hearing is closed, and I'm not going to hear any more."
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.