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Wed December 5, 2012
Southworth Attorneys Raise Concerns About Evidence
LEXINGTON, Ky. - New questions are being raised in the case of Donald Southworth, a man convicted of beating his wife to death in 2010.
Southworth’s defense attorneys have filed an appeal brief that claims the only incriminating evidence brought forward during his murder trial was a single drop of blood containing his DNA and his late arrival at work the day his wife Umi’s body was discovered.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the brief goes on to call the rest of the prosecution’s case “a plethora of irrelevant and prejudicial evidence.”
Attorney General Jack Conway’s Office of Criminal Appeals now has until December 10th to issue a brief laying out its case for upholding Southworth’s conviction. Southworth is serving a life sentence at Northpoint Training Center in Boyle County.