Man convicted in 2017 murder files motion for new trial
COLUMBIA - A man convicted by jury in early November for a deadly 2017 shooting filed a motion for a new trial on Wednesday.
Denico Crawley, who is scheduled to be sentenced December 17, was convicted in the death of Quenten Hurt at the I-70/Highway 63 connector. Hurt was shot and killed while he was in the car driven by Crawley's ex-girlfriend.
In the motion for a new trial, Crawley's defense team said the court erred in several ways, including:
- by overruling an objection from the defense when it claimed the jury "was not a fair cross-section of the community"
- by overruling the defense's objection to prosecutors reading jury instructions to the panel
- by giving guidance to prosecutors "as to how the State could ask the objectionable question in a manner which would not violate the rules of evidence against hearsay"
- by overruling defense objections during questioning of several witnesses during the trial
The jury convicted Crawley on charges including murder, armed criminal action, assault and drug possession.