The attorney for Michael George is asking a Michigan judge to set aside his client’s murder conviction because of flimsy evidence. The retailer and convention organizer was convicted last month in the 1990 killing of his first wife Barbara.
Defense attorney Carl Marlinga had requested a directed verdict during the trial, but Macomb County Circuit Judge James Biernat denied that motion. Now he’s renewed the request.
Yesterday, Biernat ordered lawyers on both sides to file briefs on the motion by April 20. George’s sentencing is scheduled for May 27.
As the Detroit Free Press notes, it’s routine for defense lawyers to ask for directed verdicts, and for judges to deny them. However, it’s unusual for that request to be renewed after conviction.