CHARLESTON MURDER UPDATE Convicted Killers Move For New Trials
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bob Aaron
Reported: Jun. 11, 2012 5:32 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 11, 2012 5:39 PM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Kenneth Carter's bid for a new trial fizzled quickly. He claimed cops had not adequately tested the baseball used to kill Ronald Forton and beat Brady Dunlap for DNA evidence. Tests were inconclusive.
Prosecutors contended Carter was the only other person in their Charleston apartment when his roommates were clubbed. Carter's first trial had a hung jury. Carter complained the verdict came too quickly in the second. Following the no mercy jury verdict, he was sentenced to life without parole.Judge Jim Stucky added a two-to-ten year malicious wounding sentence on top of the murder life without parole.
Garland Murray , convicted of murdering Gregory Poole in an apparent drug-related north Charleston robbery argued for a new trial over what his lawyers claimed were bad jury instructions. Judge Charlie King did not immediately rule.
Prosecutors filed an updated move to add time to Murray's prison term as a repeat offender. The math is kind of complicated but Murray faces a maximum 19-year-to-life term that would jump to 26-years to life if he were convicted as a repeat offender. Carter can appeal to the state Supreme Court. So can Murray if the rulings go against him.
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