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Attorney: Missed deadline could result in murderer's release

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A Morgan County judge sentenced Andrew Pakhomov to 45 years in prison for the murder of his wife, Yelena Zakin. A Morgan County judge sentenced Andrew Pakhomov to 45 years in prison for the murder of his wife, Yelena Zakin.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

There is a big development in the appeal filed by a former UAH professor who killed his wife.

A Morgan County judge sentenced Andrew Pakhomov to 45 years in prison for the murder of his wife, Yelena Zakin.

Fishermen found Zakin's body in the Tennessee River in Decatur in 2006.

Pakhomov's appellate attorney said a late filing by the state should result in his client's freedom.

The five page filing focuses on missed deadlines.

Here's what Pakhomov's attorney said happened:

The murder conviction and sentence was appealed in August of 2011. That appeal states the former physics professor should get a new trial because of misleading evidence and ineffective assistance of counsel.

Pakhomov's attorney said the state had two years to respond to the allegations and missed the most recent deadline by more than three weeks.

The assistant district attorney in Morgan County said the state attorney general will handle this aspect of the case, but convictions are rarely overturned because of a late filing.

Pakhomov is currently in Kilby Correctional Facility.

His release date is July 29, 2054.

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