PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Less than two weeks after a jury decided that Richard Poplawski should face the death penalty for killing three Pittsburgh police officers, defense attorneys have filed their first appeal in the case.
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the motion claims that several errors were committed during Poplawski’s trial and that a new trial and sentencing hearing should be granted as a result of those errors.
Poplawski’s attorneys say the jury should not have been allowed to hear racial slurs during his 911.
The defense also says Poplawski’s confession to a detective should not have been admitted because he allegedly made it after invoking his right to an attorney.
Published reports have estimated that the cost of Poplawski’s trial exceeded $100,000.