Convicted murderer rethinks representing himself at stabbing trial
Convicted murderer rethinks representing himself at stabbing trial

BOULDER, Colo. –

Roy Seagraves, a convicted murder accused in a 2007 stabbing in Longmont, opted against representing himself at a trial scheduled for later this month.

Seagraves faces charges of second-degree assault, felony menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and possession of a controlled substance in connection with the November 2007 stabbing of Ryan Bracking, who was not critically injured.

In February, Seagraves wrote a letter to Boulder County District Judge Maria E. Berkenkotter requesting to represent himself at the April 20 trial. But during a brief hearing Thursday, he said he’d be satisfied keeping his public defender, Matthew Connell, as long as he could review evidence in the case.

Seagraves served five years of a 12-year sentence prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the 1982 death of Gary Stoner, a Boulder man stabbed 63 times in the back, neck and head.

Well, he certainly has the look that would inspire the confidence of a jury.

Do you think it will be possible to assemble a jury of his peers on 4/20?


4/3/2009 11:18:14 AM