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NEW INFO: Court Finds Attorney for Appeal for Man Convicted of Mertes Murder

James Emerson

James Emerson

The man convicted of the 1999 murder of Rhonda Mertes finally has an attorney for his appeal.

According to online court records, earlier this week, a judge ruled 45-year old James Emerson is eligible for a public defender for his appeal.

However, two lawyers appointed after that said they couldn't do it because of a conflict of interest. One was finally found Wednesday afternoon.

Emerson went through 5 attorneys before his trial.

He was convicted in February and sentenced to life in prison without parole.


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