The former Dallas Township police officer convicted in October of fatally shooting his wife outlined the reasons behind his appeal Tuesday.
An attorney for Jeffrey Dennis argues Luzerne County Judge Michael Conahan erred in several pretrial decisions that warrant a new trial. Officer Jeffrey Dennis was sentenced to life in prison for killing Carli Dennis inside the couple’s Wyoming home in February 2006.
Attorney Bill Ruzzo believes Conahan’s decision to allow witnesses to testify about Carli’s claims Jeffrey beat and threatened her before her death cost his client a fair trial. The public defender asks for a transcript of trial testimony to be turned over in the next 14 days so he could reference specific examples.
In addition, Conahan’s decision to not allow jurors to view a computer re-enactment of how Jeffrey Dennis claimed Carli shot and killed herself was an abuse of discretion, Ruzzo argues.
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