Appeal denied in 2000 New Kensington manslaughter ruling
A Westmoreland County judge has denied an appeal by an Arnold man who claimed his manslaughter conviction should be overturned.
Earlier this month, Doyle Daniel Jr., 44, contended he was poorly represented at his 2001 murder trial.
On Wednesday, Judge John Blahovec said Daniel's appeal duplicated two other appeals he unsuccessfully argued during the past decade.
Blahovec said Daniel's latest appeal, which he filed without the aid of a lawyer, raised no new issues.
He is serving a nine- to 18-year prison sentence after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter for the Jan. 6, 2000 shooting of Edward “Lo” Jones at Sha Kei's Place in New Kensington.
Police said Daniel shot Jones six times at close range.
Jurors rejected the prosecution's theory that Daniel plotted Jones' killing and therefore should have been found guilty of first-degree murder.
Prosecutors argued during the trial that Daniel plotted to kill Jones, 22, in revenge for threats he allegedly made against his family.
The defense claimed Daniel acted in self-defense.
Jones was a well-known drug dealer in the New Kensington area who, four days earlier, threatened to assault Daniel's girlfriend, the defense argued at trial.
In his latest appeal, Daniel contended he received an inadequate defense because a number of potentially helpful witnesses were not called to testify.
Daniel also said evidence that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder was not properly argued to the jury.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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