A judge is considering whether Bruce Mendenhall should be granted a new trial after he was found guilty on three counts of solicitation of first-degree murder in January.
Judge Steve Dozier heard testimony Friday from Metro detectives Lee Freeman and Pat Postiglione regarding their procedures during Mendenhall’s arrest, particularly relating to his drivers license and a time span when it’s unclear who was in possession of it from the time it left the arrest scene until it showed up on Freeman’s desk.
The Davidson County Public Defender’s Office filed a motion March 29 alleging court errors in Mendenhall’s case and claiming some of Mendenhall’s statements to police were obtained in violation of his constitutional rights.
Mendenhall is also set to go on trial next month for the June 2007 murder of Sara Nicole Hulbert. In that case, the defense moved to exclude statements made during a recorded prison phone call.
Mendenhall’s defense team, led by public defender Dawn Deaner, inquired about gaining access to the murder weapon for possible testing by its own weapons expert.
Dozier took the motions under advisement and asked that both sides be back in court Tuesday afternoon.