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Teen killer's attorneys file more re-sentencing motions

Published On: May 12 2014 06:43:58 PM EDT   Updated On: May 12 2014 06:54:31 PM EDT
Qu'eed Batts

Defense counsel for Qu'eed Batts, the 14 year-old who was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, filed post-sentence motions on behalf of their client Monday.

Batts' attorney, Philip Lauer, noted in the motion that at Batts' re-sentencing hearing on May 1, prosecutors presented surprise evidence about Batts still being an active Bloods gang member from prison without warning the defense.

Monday's post-sentence motions claimed that the acceptance of this evidence and the denial of immediate motions by the defense to bar this new evidence provide reason for Batts' sentence to be reconsidered.


The motion further notes that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibited automatic life sentences without parole for juveniles. The motion cites this as a reason supporting their request for another re-sentencing hearing; it also led to the original re-sentencing hearing earlier this month.

A 14 year old Qu'eed Batts, acting on orders from a fellow gang member, shot 16-year-old Clarence Edwards twice in the head in February 2006.

Batts also shot 19 year old Cory Hilario in the back.

For the crimes Batts received the mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.