Edward Meerwald, the drunk driver who killed a Neosho man and his eight-year-old granddaughter, has asked for the court to appoint an attorney for him so he can continue his efforts to get out of his seven-year prison sentence...even though Meerwald pleaded guilty to the crimes.
According to McDonald County Circuit Court documents, Meerwald filed his request on Friday, close to four months after his last court-appointed attorney, Anne Wells, was given permission to withdraw from the case.
Meerwald, 52, Noel, pleaded guilty March 8, 2005,to two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deaths of Jim Dodson, 68, and Jessica Mann, 8, but filed a motion to have his prison sentence set aside.
Meerwald was drunk on July 30, 2004, when his car left Highway 86 and hit Mr. Dodson and Miss Mann as they were standing in Dodson's driveway.
The deaths led to a successful effort by Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, to pass a bill increasing sentences for drunk drivers convicted of involuntary manslaughter