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Convicted killer on death row wants new trial

Jason Sharp (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections) Jason Sharp (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - A convicted killer on death row wants a new trial and wants the courts to help him find an attorney. 

Jason Sharp was convicted in the 1999 murder of Huntsville nurse, Tracy Morris. She was raped and stabbed 37 times. 

It took over seven years for the case to actually go to trial and since then, Sharp has filed multiple appeals. 

In this latest appeal, filed late Thursday night, Sharp outlines why he deserves a new trial. A Montgomery lawyer filed the document for him, but has declined to represent him. 

Sharp said he has no money and can't find a lawyer to take his case pro bono, so he is asking the courts to help him find a lawyer. 

In the petition, Sharp accuses his previous lawyers of violating his rights by inadequately representing him. 

He said his lawyers did not fully investigate or present evidence about abuse he suffered during his childhood or his family history and upbringing, which led him to abuse drugs. He also said his lawyers didn't call enough family and friends to testify on his behalf.

The filing also claims that "despite the evidence of Jason Sharp's extreme emotional stress prior to his arrest, trial counsel did not seek a comprehensive history of Mr. Sharp's mental health prior to the trial" and that "the only mental health evaluation of Mr. Sharp was conducted in 2001, five years prior to the trial in 2006 and two years after his arrest."

The filing goes into details of Sharp's medical history as well. It says that although it was brought up in trial that Sharp was dropped on his head as a baby, that there was never any investigation into the lasting effects of that injury.

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