WPR News
8:25 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Death row inmate appeals sentence

Cheyenne, WY – Lawyers representing Wyoming's lone death row inmate in his federal appeal continue to hammer on the Wyoming Public Defender's Office, saying it failed to provide the man an adequate defense at trial.
Inmate Dale Eaton is challenging the constitutionality of the
state death sentence he received in the 1988 rape and murder of
18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell, of Billings, Mont.
Eaton's lawyers this month filed papers with a federal judge in
Cheyenne. The lawyers dispute the Wyoming attorney general's
office's position that Eaton received a fair trial and doesn't
deserve lengthy federal appeals hearings before the state executes
him.
Eaton's lawyers say the Public Defender's Office refused to hire
a specialist to investigate Eaton's past to help inform the jury
why he should have been spared the death penalty.