SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah man whose murder conviction in his wife’s death was overturned says the judge’s comments about alcohol are among the indications he’s biased and should be removed before a new trial.
Defense attorneys say in court documents Judge Samuel McVey pointed to Conrad Truman’s drinking as the most significant danger of potential release when he refused to lower Truman’s bail.
Attorneys argue McVey has shown a definite bias against someone who uses alcohol.
Truman and his wife were drinking the night of her death, but he’s maintained his innocence.
While they say Truman is grateful the judge overturned his conviction, lawyers argue McVey has often given prosecutors the benefit of the doubt and downplayed defense arguments.
Truman was granted a new trial in August faulty police measurements of the house wrongly undermined the theory she shot herself.
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