WPR News
2:28 pm
Tue August 16, 2005

State Opposes Henderson Appeal

Denver, Co – The state of Wyoming says one of the men
serving life sentences for killing gay University of Wyoming
student Matthew Shepard in 1999 should not be allowed to appeal his
conviction and sentence.
Russell Henderson is asking the tenth Circuit U-S Court of
Appeals to reinstate his right to appeal. He contends his trial
attorney never advised him that he could appeal his conviction and
sentence, causing him to miss the deadline to appeal either.
Senior assistant attorney general Dave Delicath argued in court
filings that Henderson's rights were not violated and that he
received effective counsel.
An Albany County judge and the Wyoming Supreme Court have
previously denied Henderson's attempts to appeal.