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.
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.
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