Conviction overturned in attempted murder of Lauderdale County deputy
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Timothy Vincent Murphy was convicted of trying to kill a Lauderdale County deputy in 2016. That ruling has been reversed by the Alabama Court of Appeals.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said Murphy pleaded not guilty by reason of mental defect during his trial. However, a forensic psychiatrist interviewed Murphy and determined he was mentally fit.
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Connolly said Murphy's attorneys are now requesting a second evaluation by a defense expert they say should have been granted during trial.
Connolly said this request does not make sense. He is contacting the Alabama attorney general's office to appeal the decision to the Alabama Supreme Court.
"This is one step in the appellate process. We respectfully disagree with the court's decision. We think that he had an independent court-appointed expert review his mental health history to make decision. So the first thing we are going to do is ask the attorney's generals office to request a rehearing at the Court of Criminal Appeals and if they decline to rehear it then we will ask the Alabama Supreme Court to review it," Connolly said.
Murphy will remain in prison during the appeals process.
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