Appeals Court Hears Argument from Newport Man Convicted of Killing His Stepfather

JUNE 29, 2006 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Court of Appeals has told the lawyer for a Newport man convicted of killing his stepfather to provide more information for an appeal.  In a ruling yesterday, the appeals court even gave the lawyer the page numbers from the trial record to help located the information.

The court said the defense previously failed to provide a full account of its objections and the trial court decisions in the appeal of Michael Myers.  Myers was convicted of the October 20, 2003, stabbing death of 66-year-old Gene West.

Myers was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison after his Jackson County trial in which his mother, Peggy West, testified against him.  Myers claimed he acted in self defense.

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