- Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat’s Motion for a New Trial Granted for Utah Man Convicted of Murdering his Wife
Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat’s Motion for a New Trial Granted for Utah Man Convicted of Murdering his Wife
On August 3, 2016, Judge Samuel McVey ordered a new trial for Orem man, Conrad Truman. In February 2015 Truman was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison for shooting and killing his wife, Heidy Truman.
Attorneys for Truman, Mark R. Moffat and Ann Marie Taliaferro of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP, motioned for a new trial in 2015 based on new evidence that reported measurements of the Trumans' hallway had been changed at some point during the police investigation.
According to court documents, the hallway was two-feet longer than the prosecution asserted. This difference in measurement undermines the prosecution’s argument that Heidy Truman could not have committed suicide.
The following is stated in court documents:
“The significance of these errors is that under the correct dimensions the victim could have indeed shot herself, taken a step and a half and then reached the point where she was found. Thus, instead of the suicide scenario being virtually impossible, it became possible.
As the prosecution argued using the incorrect, 'How could she have gotten from the hallway to the pool of blood?' In fact, unknown to the prosecution because it had been provided wrong measurements, had the victim shot herself at one location in the hall, her head would have been almost exactly at the point where she was found from which the blood splatters originated."
Currently, Conrad Truman’s guilty verdict has been set aside and a new trial will be ordered. The new trial will give the jury the opportunity to determine the circumstances of Heidy Truman’s death based on the correct dimensions.
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