Utah man asks court for new chance to file appeal

Utah man asks court for new chance to file appeal

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A man convicted of killing his estranged wife with a shotgun in 2002 is asking a court to reinstate the time to file an appeal in the case.

Robert Steven Hatch filed a motion for a new trial when he was convicted. The motion was denied and Hatch appealed. The appeal recently was denied because the motion wasn't filed within the required 10 days after sentencing.

On Tuesday in 4th District Court the 39-year-old Hatch testified he thought the delays in filing the appeal were part of the judicial process.

Hatch was sentenced in 2004 to 10 years to life in prison in the shooting death of 31-year-old Sharee Lana Nelson Hatch. At his sentencing, Hatch declared his innocence.

Prosecutor Curtis Larson on Tuesday asked for more time to look at the issue based on Hatch's testimony.


Information from: The Daily Herald

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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