New trial for John Jonchuck? Judge sets hearing on motion

The judge will have to consider whether she made mistakes during the four-week murder trial.
John Jonchuck was convicted of first-degree murder on April 16. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
John Jonchuck was convicted of first-degree murder on April 16. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Published May 2
Updated May 2

The judge who presided over the John Jonchuck murder case has set a hearing to weigh a motion from Jonchuck's lawyers asking for a new trial.

The hearing, set for June 6, will force Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Chris Helinger to consider whether she made errors significant or numerous enough to warrant a redo.

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE TRIAL OF JOHN JONCHUCK

THE LONG FALL OF PHOEBE JONCHUCK

Last week, public defenders filed a motion with 11 reasons why they believe the four-week trial, which ended April 16 with a conviction, was unfair to Jonchuck. Most of the reasons relate to evidence and testimony Helinger either did or did not allow into the trial.

The motion, should it fail, is a preview of the appeal lawyers will likely file.

Contact Josh Solomon at [email protected] or (813) 909-4613. Follow @ByJoshSolomon.

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