Convicted killer on death row wants new trial - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

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.

Copyright WAFF 2014. All Rights Reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • FBI, Justice to 'review' classified info sought by lawmakers

    FBI, Justice to 'review' classified info sought by lawmakers

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:51:49 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 8:32 PM EDT2018-05-22 00:32:59 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

    More >>

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

    More >>
  • AL Gulf Coast makes resounding recovery 8 years after oil spill

    AL Gulf Coast makes resounding recovery 8 years after oil spill

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:25 PM EDT2018-05-22 00:25:51 GMT
    Alabama tourism leaders say the gulf coast has averaged more than 12 percent in economic growth per year since the BP oil spill. (Source: WSFA 12 News)Alabama tourism leaders say the gulf coast has averaged more than 12 percent in economic growth per year since the BP oil spill. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

    There is an old quote from an unknown author that says "In the waves of change we find our direction."

    More >>

    There is an old quote from an unknown author that says "In the waves of change we find our direction."

    More >>
  • School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

    School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:52:04 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 8:24 PM EDT2018-05-22 00:24:23 GMT
    (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

    More >>

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly