Two-day motions hearing starts Monday in Blagg case

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A two-day hearing started Monday at the Mesa County Courthouse to determine whether or not convicted murderer Michael Blagg will get a new trial.

In 2004 a jury convicted Blagg of murdering his wife Jennifer in their Redlands home. The couple's six-year-old daughter, Abby, is still missing and presumed dead.

Defense attorneys say one of the jurors who convicted Blagg had bad eyesight and they're questioning the fact that the juror didn't report the problem. Prosecutors have argued that isn't enough to re-do the whole trial.

The defense argues that the juror, Marilyn Charlesworth, didn't disclose medical information that could have made her incapable of making a sound decision. Defense attorneys said Charlesworth had deteriorating vision, a prosthetic eye, and had used xanax.

Charlesworth's former supervisor, 2 ergonomic evaluators, and an ophthalmologist took to the stand. In the end, the ophthalmologist, Dr. Grey, said the juror was not legally blind at the time of the trial.

Blagg is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.


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  • by MH Location: GJ on Jan 13, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    I think it was a bad idea to bring him back to Mesa County. What if this whole appeal ordeal is a ruse just so he can escape from the county jail? Hopefully they have a 24/7 watch on him. He deserves to stay in prison for life.
  • by PM Location: GJ on Jan 11, 2010 at 01:23 PM
    No he should NOT get another trial.If this was earily 1900's he would alredy be dead.And somtimes I wish that were the case.
  • by LL Location: GJ on Jan 11, 2010 at 11:27 AM
    He shouldn't be allowed to waste more tax dollars. Already covicted once. Leave it alone and serve out his sentence. God will deal with him too.
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