McCallister Appeals Convictions, Sentencing in 2014 Shooting Death

Matthew McCallister is appealing his convictions and life sentence in connection with the execution style shooting death of Joseph Nelson in February 2014.

McCallister was convicted by murder and conspiracy to commit murder following a jury trial in the Warrick Superior Court.

He received a sentence of life imprisonment without parole for the murder and a concurrent term of 40 years in prison for conspiracy.

Jacob P. Wahl, the counsel for McCallister, claimed at a hearing on Thursday that there was conflicting testimony in the case which could cause reasonable doubt. Wahl said McCallister's due process rights were violated.

Wahl called into question the testimony from Jade Lackey (previously Stigall), a key witness in the trial.

Wahl said McCallister was the last person to come to trial in connection with Nelson's death and that everyone else involved had received a plea agreement before McCallister's trial.

Click here to watch the oral arguments which took place at the Indiana Supreme Court.

(This story was originally published on September 28, 2017)


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