By Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former farmhand is asking for a federal review after he was sentenced to death for the 2006 rape and murder of a 12-year-old on a Pennsylvania horse farm.

Jeffrey Martin was convicted in 2008 of raping and strangling Gabrielle Bechen after she left her Greensboro home on an all-terrain vehicle to visit a nearby farm.

Police said the 58-year-old New Geneva man confessed. He later recanted and said another man was responsible.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter reports ( ) that Martin filed documents Tuesday in Pittsburgh federal court requesting a review of his conviction and sentence on constitutional claims. The form did not specify basis for the challenge.

He also filed a motion asking to be appointed an attorney.

The state’s high court upheld Martin’s conviction and sentence last year.


Information from: Observer-Reporter,

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