WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – A man is challenging his third-degree murder conviction in the 1977 slaying of his pregnant ex-girlfriend because the judge at his trial was known to be using cocaine stolen from evidence at the time.
Fifty-eight-year-old Robert Urwin Jr., of Dunleavy, is appealing his conviction four years ago at a non-jury trial presided over by then-Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky.READ MORE: Man In Critical Condition After Falling Over Hillside During Police Chase In Brighton Heights
Pozonsky has since resigned and is scheduled to be sentenced July 13 for theft and other charges for stealing cocaine from evidence files that were kept in his chambers.READ MORE: Police: Man Killed 94-Year-Old Grandfather And Sent Video Of Killing To Family Members
The (Washington) Observer-Reporter says Urwin contends Pozonsky’s cocaine use made him incapable of presiding over the trial, which included complex DNA evidence used to link Urwin to the killing of 16-year-old Mary Gency in February 1977.Experts Say Incentives To Vaccinate Work On Some But Not Everyone
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