ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Convicted killer Justin Barber's bid for a new trial appears even more unlikely.
Barber filed a motion for post-conviction relief. He argued his attorneys, Robert Stuart Willis and L.E. Hutton, provided ineffective assistance of counsel during his trial on several grounds, including conflict of interest, failure to use photographic evidence, failure to timely poll the jury on pretrial and trial publicity.
The judge today denied the motion, saying Barber failed to show how his accusations affected the trial outcome.
Barber is serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife, April, in 2002. He initially claimed they were attacked by a robber while walking on the beach in Guana River State Park.
A jury found him guilty of first-degree pre-meditated murder in 2006.
The jury voted for the death penalty but the judge sentenced Barber to life in prison without parole.
Barber appealed, and the courts reaffirmed the sentence in 2009.