SC man sentenced to death seeking new trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Stephen Stanko (WRDW-TV)

Stephen Stanko (WRDW-TV)

January 7, 2014

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- A man facing two death sentences after a pair of South Carolina killings in 2005 is seeking a new trial.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that Stephen Stanko says in court papers filed Monday that his lawyers failed to properly defend him during a trial over the death of 74-year-old Henry Turner.

Stanko was convicted of murder in Turner's death in 2009 and sentenced to death. He also received a death sentence three years earlier after he was convicted of murder in the death of 43-year-old girlfriend Laura Ling.

Authorities say Stanko killed Ling in her Murrells Inlet home and assaulted her teenage daughter. He then drove 25 miles to Turner's home and killed him with a shotgun.

The Supreme Court has already upheld both verdicts.

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