WPR News
10:04 am
Thu January 17, 2008

Honor farm inmate's lawyer asks for retrail

Cheyenne, WY – A lawyer representing a prison inmate serving a sentence of life without parole in the 2004 murder of a nurse at the Wyoming Honor Farm urged the Wyoming Supreme Court on Wednesday to grant the inmate a new trial.

Inmate Floyd DeWayne Grady was convicted in 2006 of first-degree murder and attempted sexual assault in the death of 39-year-old Tammy Sue Watts.

Tina Kerin is a lawyer with the state Public Defender's Office. She told the Supreme Court today (Wednesday) that District Judge Norman E. Young shouldn't have limited Grady's defense team from presenting evidence that other inmates at the minimum-security prison in Riverton could have committed the crime.

Kerin also argued that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence as required to Grady's defense team as required.

Assistant Attorney General Leda Pojman argued that Grady was allowed to prevent a complete defense. She says jurors at Grady's trial were aware that he asserted there were other suspects who could have killed Watts.

The Supreme Court justices will issue a written decision in the case later.