Motions Hearing Set In Murder Case
July 14, 2010, 7:35 AM
PARKER, SD -
Issues involving the death penalty and jury selection will be argued by attorneys at a motions hearing Wednesday in the Ethan Johns' murder case.
The 21-year-old is charged with killing Turner County Deputy Sheriff Chad Mechels in March 2009. Johns goes on trial in August and could face the death penalty for a first-degree murder conviction.
Johns' attorneys are challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty law. They say Johns acted in self defense when Mechels went to check on Johns' well-being.
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