Utah Supremes send death row appeal back to trial court to determine if defense was inadequate

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Jessica Miller : Salt Lake City Tribune 

“After raising questions about his defense attorney’s performance in a 2015 capital murder trial, death row inmate Douglas Lovell will have his case heard before a lower court once again, the Utah Supreme Court ruled.

In a decision released this week, the high court remanded Lovell’s case back to the district court for an evidentiary hearing. At that hearing, a 2nd District judge will determine whether one of Lovell’s court-appointed attorneys “performed deficiently” by failing to adequately prepare witnesses, by not calling certain witnesses to testify on Lovell’s behalf and by not objecting to purported interference by lawyers representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”


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