Convicted killer wants new lawyer for appeal

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CEDAR CITY -- A convicted killer appealing his case to the Utah Supreme Court says he needs a new lawyer.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Martin Chris Nelson told the court Tuesday he no longer has enough money to pay for an attorney and needs one appointed for him. The judge ordered new counsel be in place by June 15.

Martin Chris Nelson
Martin Chris Nelson

If Nelson does not have a lawyer by then, the court will appoint a public defender to represent him.

Nelson, 45, was convicted of the 2007 murders of Derek Davis and Chad Grijalva and sentenced to two consecutive life terms. He appealed his conviction in February.

The bodies of both men were found on Nelson's property and he initially confessed to the crimes.

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