COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Ronald Eugene Weems’ attorney’s asked for a new trial on his behalf. During the motion’s hearing, Weems took the stand and outlined five reasons he believes he deserves a new trial.
Weems was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of Amanda Taylor. Judge Jackie Hatcher sentenced Weems to life in prison in May.
During the brief court appearance, Weems told a judge his defense attorney, John McKelvey was ineffective. Weems also says McKelvey had a conflict of interest because he was friends with supporters of the Taylor family. Weems also stated other reasons.
Judge Jackie Hatcher immediately ruled on the motion, and denied Weems’ request for a new jury to hear his case.
Weems’ attorney appointed for the appeal process, B.T. Gardner, says he will now file an appeal.