Two-day motions hearing starts Monday in Blagg case

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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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