Public Defender Jason Hart '08 Files Defense Brief with Kentucky Supreme Court
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
Kentucky Public Defender Jason Hart '08 was mentioned in The Lexington Herald-Leader for filing a 50-page defense brief with the Kentucky Supreme Court to have his client's murder conviction overturned.
From The Lexington Herald-Leader: "The most substantial document filed in the case — which is
now in the hands of the Kentucky Supreme Court — remains the 50-page
defense brief, which was filed Oct. 11 by two attorneys representing
Public defenders Shannon Dupree and Jason Hart argued
that Southworth's conviction should be overturned based on several
factors, including incomplete or improper evidence and testimony.
50, is serving a life sentence at Northpoint Training Center in Boyle
County. At the end of a two-week trial in January, jurors found him
guilty of murder in the death of his wife, Umi Southworth, who was badly
beaten and left for dead behind their Meadowthorpe Avenue home in June
The highly publicized trial was based largely on
circumstantial evidence, with little physical evidence — such as
fingerprints or DNA — linking Don Southworth to the crime. The defense
brief takes issue with much of the evidence and testimony, citing a
number of alleged fair-trial violations."
Read more in The Lexington Herald-Leader, "Donald Southworth challenges evidence in appeal of murder conviction"