- 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


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide