A convicted killer who's been sentenced to death twice is appealing his sentence a third time.
Briley Piper pleaded guilty to murder for brutally killing Chester Allen Poage in March of 2000 with two other men near Spearfish, South Dakota.
Piper’s attorneys argued in front of the South Dakota Supreme Court on Monday saying this whole case stems from bad advice from an attorney in the very beginning.
Originally, Piper appealed his death sentence because he was sentenced by a judge and his attorney said that if he pleaded guilty to a judge, the judge had to sentence him. Well, that was wrong.
So, the case was then sent to the Supreme Court and they sent it back to the circuit court. There they gave Piper a new sentencing in front of a jury. But, Piper was sentenced to death again.
One of the two other men involved in the murder of Poage, Elijah Page, has already been executed for the crime. The other man, Darrell Hoadley, is serving a life sentence.
Coming up later today on KELOLAND News, we’ll bring you more of these arguments from inside the courtroom.