An in-depth look at an interesting case in southwest Missouri, from the Joplin Globe.
McDonald County woman seeks new trial following 1995 murder conviction
much, much more, including a video interview, at the link aboveJOPLIN, Mo. — Lisa Blevins smiles as she looks at a photograph of her young daughter making faces in the back seat of a car at their home in Stella. In another photo, she sees Sheena, her only child, in a wedding dress with the man who would become her husband, Tim Eastburn.
Her smile gives way to an expression of sadness.
“She was only 15 then. She was just a kid,’’ said Blevins. “Sheena was wild. I will admit that. For her and Tim, life was one big party.’’
Interesting. Thanks for sharing this.
Mama smiled? or Mama cried?
All kinds of hugs!
Merle's definitive version:
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Interesting, indeed. I'm a little confused what the jailhouse rape would have had to do with the outcome of her trial or the ultimate verdict though. Also, she admits to 2nd degree murder but denies 1st degree, is that because she didn't plan it? If that is the case, wouldn't she be more guilty of accessory to murder and not 2nd degree? She didn't kill him, she didn't pull the trigger....but she didn't stop it, so wouldn't that be accessory as opposed to 2nd degree? Sorry, I'm easily confused! LOL
The jailhouse rape could have been used as part of a plea bargain to bring the charges down to second degree. It's part of the "ineffective counsel" argument.
If an accessory she was certainly a key one: directly because of her admitted actions, the murder was able to take place.
Judge denies Sheena Eastburn’s appeal for a new trial (Joplin Globe)
the rest at link abovePINEVILLE, Mo. — Sheena Eastburn’s appeal for a new trial has been denied on a technicality by Circuit Judge Tim Perigo. However, that does not mean her case will not be heard.
“It’s just delaying the remedy to which she is entitled,’’ said Kent Gipson, the Kansas City attorney who is representing Eastburn. “Her sentence and conviction of first-degree murder at age 17 with no possibility of parole will eventually be overturned.’’