Nelson said the Supreme Court will examine possible trial errors and conduct an "automatic review of the death sentence to determine its appropriateness."
According to state law, the court should uphold the sentence unless it was the "product of passion, prejudice or any other arbitrary factor," evidence failed to support at least one aggravating circumstance, or it is disproportionate to the penalty imposed in similar cases.
Among the post-trial motions, Reid claimed Walker, who was the trial judge, failed to grant a motion challenging the jury pool, which had one minority.
"The defendant has not produced any evidence that any under representation of African-Americans ... was based on a systematic exclusion of that group," Walker wrote.
Walker rejected arguments that he should have granted a change of venue or sequestered the jury because of publicity before or during the trial. He wrote that coverage of the case was "not inherently prejudicial."
Nelson said no jury has been sequestered for a criminal trial during his 22 years with the county.
Walker rejected several defense arguments because the decisions were directly in Reid's hands. One of those was that the judge improperly allowed Reid to represent himself for a three-week period before the trial began.
Reid "voluntarily chose to represent himself ... with all its possible pitfalls," he wrote.
The judge applied the same logic to arguments that he should have allowed two psychiatrists and Public Defender Robert J. Trambley to testify during the penalty phase of the trial. Walker wrote that Reid was the one who insisted they not testify for the defense.
Walker also noted that Reid granted police permission to search his Chambersburg motel room. That search turned up a "death list" with Carla Reid and Moore's names. The defense wanted it suppressed.
"Without reading the whole thing, I'd be hesitant to talk about it," Trambley said of Walker's decision. Co-counsel Stephen D. Kulla was out of town Tuesday, according to his office.