February hearing set on question of retrial for Blagg
Michael Blagg, a Grand Junction man convicted of shooting and killing his wife, Jennifer, is getting another chance at having a new trial.
A hearing has been set for Feb. 17 on whether Blagg can have a retrial in the 2001 slaying.
That hearing was scheduled during a hearing by telephone in Mesa County District Court on Friday between two state public defenders and prosecutors from the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office.
Blagg’s public defenders at the time of his jury trial, David Eisner and Ken Singer, contended that their client did not get the right to a fair trial because one of the jurors failed to disclose that she was legally blind.
Eisner on Friday said public defenders filed the motion for a new trial on those grounds soon after Blagg was convicted. However, because Blagg’s attorneys had appealed their client’s conviction, the Colorado State Court of Appeals determined the motion could not be addressed until a decision was reached on the appeal.
In January, the appeals court upheld Blagg’s conviction.
Blagg, 44, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of his wife and sentenced to life in prison in 2004.
Blagg had reported Jennifer and the couple’s daughter, Abby, missing from their Redlands home in November 2001.
After months of searching, police found Jennifer’s body in the Mesa County landfill with a bullet in her head.
Abby remains missing.