The sentencing for convicted killer Tashia Stuart has been delayed until Sept. 4.
Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant asked Judge Cameron Mitchell for the change Wednesday because Sant wanted more time to review a defense request for a new trial. Sant said he received one document from the defense on Tuesday and another Wednesday.
The delay also will give Stuart’s lawyers time to review the prosecution’s response to the motion, Sant said.
Stuart was convicted of killing her mother, Judy Hebert, 58, at Hebert’s Pasco home in March 2011. Sant said the new sentencing date is a good time for Hebert’s family to attend.
“Having sufficient time is certainly reasonable, and we agreed to this date,” he said.
A jury convicted Stuart, 40, on July 3 of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder for an earlier attack on Hebert.
The defense is asking for a new trial, claiming misconduct and several errors by prosecutors which produced a “fundamentally unfair trial.”
Sant told Mitchell that he expects the Sept. 4 hearing to take about two hours.
Stuart faces 40 to 51 1/2 years in prison, though prosecutors can ask for additional time based on a number of aggravating factors.
In the motion for a new trial, defense attorney Peter Connick said there are eight reasons for a new trial. They include: newly discovered evidence that would benefit Stuart; an irregularity in the proceedings that prevented a fair trial; a verdict that is contrary to law and the evidence; and “that substantial justice had not been done.”
Stuart claimed she was acting in self defense when she shot Hebert. She said her mother tried to attack her with a hatchet.
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