Man Convicted of Killing Wife Wants New Trial

Man Convicted of Killing Wife Wants New Trial

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(Provo-AP) -- The man convicted of killing his estranged wife with a shotgun wants a new trial.

Robert Steven Hatch filed a motion from the Utah County Jail yesterday saying his counsel was inadequate and he wants a new attorney appointed to him.

Hatch told a judge he wants a new trial and the judge excused his defense attorneys from representing him. However, prosecutors say it's unlikely Hatch will get another trial.

The 33-year old is scheduled to be sentenced January 27th.

Hatch was convicted in November of murdering 31-year old Sharee Hatch after breaking into her Spanish Fork home in July 2002.

He could receive up to life in prison and at least 25-thousand dollars in fines.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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