LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky man convicted of murder as a teenager has been granted a new trial after the Kentucky Court of Appeals concluded his attorney was ineffective in handling the case.
The appeals court on Friday ordered the Madison Circuit Court to retry 27-year-old Christopher McGorman Jr. in the January 2000 shooting death of a classmate, 14-year-old Larry Raney of Winchester. McGorman was 14 at the time of the shooting. He's serving life in prison at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville.
Writing for the court, Chief Judge Glenn Acree found that the defense attorney allowed McGorman to be interviewed by police without independently investigating the incident or having his client evaluated. Acree concluded those mistakes permeated the entire trial, rendering the proceedings unfair.