Motions filed to overturn slaying convictions
By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Attorneys for two Maryland men convicted of the 1996 drug-related slaying of a woman in Shepherdstown, W.Va., have filed motions in U.S. District Court to have the convictions overturned.
Eric M. Turner, 24, and Pernell J. Sellers, 22, both of Hagerstown, were convicted Dec. 11 of killing Jennifer LaBelle Folmar, 23, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., who was found shot three times and stabbed 11 times in her car on Oct. 24, 1996.
Turner's attorney, Stephen Herndon, and Sellers' attorney, Harry Smith, also filed motions for new trials.
Judge W. Craig Broadwater said Tuesday he would need two to four weeks to rule on the motions.
A jury found both men guilty of committing a killing in furtherance of a continuing criminal enterprise, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise and carrying or using a firearm in a crime of violence.