Hearing held for Pennsylvania man convicted of first-degree murder in Harrison County


A Pennsylvania man convicted in Harrison County in 2014 for first-degree murder and conspiracy appeared in court via a video conference on Friday for a hearing.

Darnell Bouie is currently serving a life sentence for shooting and killing Jayar Poindexter at the Quarry Apartments in Clarksburg in 2010.

Bouie is seeking Habeas Corpus relief and said he had ineffective council at his trial. Bouie questioned why his attorney didn’t ask for a change of venue in his case.

During questioning on Friday, Bouie’s former trial defense lawyer Jim Hawkins was called to the stand. Hawkins stated that he spent countless hours preparing for the case, including crime scene investigation and working with Bouie on a defense strategy.

Bouie’s other former trial defense lawyer Chad Taylor also testified on Friday. Taylor stated that there were questions about footprints at the scene. Taylor also testified about how he obtained expert advice from a former FBI Footprint expert out of Florida.

There is no word at this time on when the judge will issue a ruling on Bouie’s Habeas Corpus relief petition.

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