Man convicted of killing wife wants new trial, out of prison
(KUTV) Conrad Truman, who was convicted of killing his wife Heidy in their Orem home in 2012, petitioned the judge for a new trial, saying the jury was given false information. In addition, he cites the fact that the medical examiner has changed is opinion about Heidy's manner of death from homicide to "could not be determined."
"It was a fiasco that resulted in the wrongful conviction of an innocent man," said Mark Moffat, Truman's new attorney who filed the motion for a new trial.
Moffat claims that police gave the jury wrong measurements about the layout of the crime scene and they used that information to argue that Truman was lying about what happened to his wife.
The new defense team asked Dr. Edward Leis, the medical examiner, to look at their version of the crime scene measurements. Leis said in his most recent report, that he visited the crime scene recently for the first time and found that the prosecution's interpretation of the crime scene measurements was "inaccurate." He said typically, he does not go to crime scenes because his office has a big caseload. He normally relies on police to provide him with that information.
Moffat also claimed that police didn't test gunshot residue samples. He had the samples tested and they indicate Heidy shot herself, he said. Although, Moffat admits that gunshot residue tests are no longer a viable tool in crime cases.
Leis said in his report that gunshot residue results did not impact his opinion because Conrad Truman had a lot of blood on his arms and hands and "He was allowed to wash prior to the collection of gunshot residue samples from his person."
Leis concluded that given the new information he can no longer conclude Truman's manner of death was "homicide" as he previously opined. That's why he changed her cause of death as "could not be determined."
Craig Johnson, the Deputy Utah County Attorney who prosecuted Truman, said the jury did not convict Truman based on the medical examiner's opinion alone. He said the many witnesses and evidence presented in the case carried more weight and Leis' opinion was just one piece of a big puzzle.
Johnson stands by the case he presented to the jury. He said it's expected that a person convicted to up to life in prison will exhaust the appeals process.
"He's going to do whatever he can to get out of prison," said Johnson.