State Supreme Court to hear former death row inmate’s appeal
HARTFORD — The state Supreme Court is set to hear a former death row inmate’s appeal of one of his murder convictions.
Justices will hear Russell Peeler Jr.’s case Monday. He’s seeking a new trial in the 1997 killing of Rudolph Snead Jr. in Bridgeport.
The Supreme Court in 2003 ordered a new trial in the Snead case, saying a judge wrongly disqualified Peeler’s lawyer. Peeler could no longer afford the lawyer he wanted for his 2013 retrial. He was convicted again after the state hired another lawyer.
Peeler wants the state to pay for the attorney he wants.
Peeler also ordered the 1999 killings of an 8-year-old boy witness in the Snead case and the boy’s mother. He was sentenced to death, but the state no longer has the death penalty.