Family Speaks After Mistrial Denied For Convicted Murderer

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A small victory for a Colbert County family, as a judge denies the motion for a new trial, for the man convicted of their daughter’s murder

Ronald Weems is currently serving a life sentence for killing Amanda Taylor.

In court, Weems outlined five reasons why he believes he deserves another chance before a new jury.

Weems says his trial should have been moved out of Colbert County, and claimed half the jury was bias. Claims, Amanda Taylor's family sees as a last resort to reverse the conviction.

“He`s just grasping at any kind of straw he can get at, I just wish he`d own up to it and get it over with,” said Taylor’s father, Billy Leeth.

Weems also stated both his lawyer and the district attorney had a conflict of interest in the case.

“I think he had a very fair trial, I mean what can he say?” said Leeth.  “All the evidence they had against him, there`s not much he could say, he couldn`t rebut any of it.”

Leeth says he tries every day to bring closure to his heart.

“Gotta put it to rest, you know what I'm saying, so move it on,” said Leeth.  Now Leeth asks for prayers for Amanda’s children.

“They still have to deal with it from day to day they`re the ones that really probably suffer the most from all of this,” said Leeth.

This family is left without a mother, and a painful legal process.  “It`s aggravating, to keep dealing with it, dealing with it, dealing with it, he`s just a coward,” said Leeth.

Leeth and his family are holding a memorial service for Amanda Taylor this Saturday, August 10th, at Charity Chapel in Crooked Oak.  The service starts at 2:00 p.m.  Leeth says people can share memories and reminisce about the good times they shared with his daughter.

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