Attorneys eye ex-death row inmate's confession

By Randall Chase, Associated Press 4:13pm, August 29, 2014
Attorneys for a Delaware man whose conviction and death sentence for a 1991 slaying were overturned say a confession he gave should not be allowed in any retrial.

Jermaine Wright's attorneys filed court papers Friday saying his confession shouldn't be allowed as evidence because Wright was high on heroin at the time and not properly informed about his right to have an attorney. They also say the confession was riddled with factual mistakes about the killing of Wilmington liquor store clerk Phillip Seifert, including the time, the type of gun, and the number of shots.

The Supreme Court overturned Wright's conviction because prosecutors repeatedly withheld evidence that might have helped the defense.

Before his sentence was overturned, Wright had spent more time on death row than any other Delaware inmate.


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