17-Year-Old's Killer Should Be Released According to His Lawyers

DUMAS, AR (KAIT) - Attorneys for 48-year-old Kenneth Osburn have filed a motion for a new trial, saying that his life sentence should be overturned because jurors came into the trial already thinking he was guilty.

The motion filed by Osburn's lawyers cites claims that a co-worker of Stacy Wesson commented that both Stacy and other jurors believed Osburn was guilty before the trial.

Osburn was convicted of both capital murder and kidnapping in the August 27, 2006 death of 17-year-old Casey Crowder.  Crowder's body was found in the woods a few miles from where her car had ran out of gas on U.S. Highway 65 near Dumas.

Prosecutor Thomas Deen says he has not seen a motion for a new trial and couldn't yet comment on the case.