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Sabrina Limon's attorney files motion for new trial

Blames former attorney for guilty verdict
Posted at 4:11 PM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-07 21:18:01-05

Sabrina Limon's attorney filed a motion for a new trial on Tuesday, just weeks before she was supposed to be sentenced in her husband's murder.

Limon was convicted on a number of felonies in October, including murder. The jury determined she convinced firefighter Jonathan Hearn, her lover at the time, to kill her husband Robert Limon in a Tehachapi rail yard back in 2014.

In the motion, attorney Sharon Marshall says Limon's original attorney, Richard Terry, did not properly prepare Limon for trial and testimony.

Marshall says, "Limon was not provided with effective assistance of counsel during her murder trial" in regards to Terry. She goes on to accuse Terry of not properly going after Limon's former lover Jonathan Hearn, who she calls "a manipulator; a user, a fake, and a fraud." Marshall says Terry had "evidence to use and corroborate this. But he didn't."

Marshall also blames Terry for an "abysmal" testimony by Limon; in fact, Marshall says Limon shouldn't have taken the stand at all. In the motion, she says Limon was not adequately prepared and, at one point, she says Terry went to a jazz concert instead of preparing Limon to take the stand.

In the conclusion of the motion, Marshall says Terry "not only dropped the ball, he barely even arrived to the field." She says Terry tried playing on the emotions of jurors instead of presenting facts.

Richard Terry told 23 ABC he is not commenting at this time due to attorney-client privilege. Attempts to reach Sharon Marshall were unsuccessful.

The original trial lasted 18 days before Limon was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

During the trial, Hearn testified against her. Limon is expected to be sentenced on Feb. 21.