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Man convicted in UA student's death makes appeal

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published May 22, 2014 at 7:15 a.m. Updated May 22, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.

A man sentenced to die for killing a University of Arkansas student wants a new trial on grounds that his lawyer abandoned a mental illness defense during trial.

Zachariah Scott Marcyniuk was convicted in the 2008 slaying of Katie Wood, who was attacked in her apartment and stabbed 50 times. A lawyer argued before the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday that Marcyniuk's trial attorney asked the jury to find him guilty of second-degree murder when he should have pressed the mental illness defense.

A lawyer for the state attorney general's office argued that Marcyniuk's trial lawyer pressed the mental illness defense throughout the trial and that there is no reason Marcyniuk should get a new trial.

The high court will issue its ruling later.

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