GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – A Grand Junction man sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife says the refusal of a juror to disclose a disability damaged her credibility and prevented him from getting a fair trial.
Forty-five-year-old Michael Blagg was convicted in 2004 of killing his wife, Jennifer, who had been reported missing in November 2001. Her body was found in a landfill seven months later.
Their 6-year-old daughter, Abby, is missing and is presumed dead. No charges were filed in her disappearance.
Blagg's lawyers say one of the jurors at his trial was legally blind but failed to tell attorneys, and that she was either unable to see several exhibits admitted into evidence or couldn't see them clearly.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are due in court May 22.