Man convicted in 2017 murder files motion for new trial

1 year 3 weeks 6 hours ago Thursday, November 22 2018 Nov 22, 2018 Thursday, November 22, 2018 6:25:14 PM CST November 22, 2018 in News
By: Steve Lambson, News Content Manager

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.

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