The post-conviction trial hearing for Hershel Wayne Grimes has been held over until February. A defense witness was unable to be in court last Wednesday.
Grimes was convicted of first degree murder in September of 2005, for the 1998 death of Doyle Presley. At Wednesday’s hearing, Grimes’ lawyer attempted to divert blame for the killing to Presley’s widow, Sharon. Grimes’ lawyer said he would show that the state was derelict in their duty during the first trial and that Grimes’ original lawyer, Paul Cross, was deficient in representing his client.
Judge Smith allowed the case to be held over until February so the witness who was unable to attend the hearing can make arrangements to present his testimony.