A Philadelphia man recently sentenced to life imprisonment refused to withdraw a judicial transaction by a Luzerne County judge after admitting that he had shot dead a 26-year-old woman in Wilkes-Barre.
The 20-year-old Zien Council appealed to the Pennsylvania High Court on Tuesday through lawyer Janan Tallo.
The council has challenged several refusals by Luzerne County Judge David W. Rupas to withdraw the plea for the first-class murder in the Brittany Reynolds shooting case.
Reynolds was found dead in her apartment on Matson Avenue in Wilkes-Barre by a city police officer conducting a welfare check on December 20, 2019.
Investigators suspected Reynolds was killed three days ago.
In a very unusual procedure, the council on August 6 was convicted of a single murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by Rupas.
Rupas reportedly accepted the judicial transaction, ruled, and returned to the county correctional facility to file a complaint. That is, he submitted it without the help of a lawyer and tried to withdraw his guilty plea.
The council filed a proceeding in the county court.
Then, on August 18, Taro was appointed to court to represent the council during the appeal process.
Rupas dismissed Parliament’s request to withdraw the judicial transaction and appealed to the State High Court when asked for a retrial on October 18 and November 1.
The council challenges the judge’s refusal to withdraw the murder’s plea
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