- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A man who says he killed his stepfather and tried to kill his mother so he wouldn’t have to tell them he’d lied about graduating college is asking for his conviction to be overturned.

The State Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1PB48wq) a jury found Donald Dunn guilty in 2014 of the first-degree murder of his stepfather, Mark McDermott, and the attempted murder of his mother, Johanna McDermott. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Dunn says he didn’t receive a fair trial. Among his arguments are that his attorneys didn’t receive enough time to review hours of recorded telephone calls before the trial. He also says his attorney wasn’t allowed to argue in his opening statement that Dunn was under the influence of synthetic marijuana during the shooting.

The case is on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals’ April 5 docket.


Information from: The State Journal, https://www.statejournal.com

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