Saturday, November 07, 2015
Lawyer: Rowan Ford's killer should be spared because he was drunk
He was too drunk to know what he was doing.
In a 127-page document filed earlier this year, Collings, whose pleas have already been rejected by the U. S. Supreme Court, claims his addiction to alcohol is a disease, should have been brought up by his lawyer at trial, and thus Phelps County Circuit Court Judge John D. Beger should order a new trial.
The alcoholism excuse is one of several offered in the motion for a new trial, including the fact that his co-defendant Rowan Ford's stepfather David Spears had admitted to committing the crimes that put Collings on death row, even though authorities later concluded that Spears did not take part in the murder.