After jurors turned in their verdict Friday, defense attorney Gary Triggs petitioned the court to have the jurors polled.
In the absence of the jury and his
made a motion to have the verdict dismissed and asked for a new trial.
discussed the possibility of an appeal with the Connelly family.
If an appeal were to be sought, Triggs
said later, it could take up to a year for the case to reach court.
"It's an unfortunate situation here," Triggs
"There are no winners."
said that he
felt many of the prosecution's tactics throughout the trial had been out of line, including references to the defendant's drug use and Triggs' own record with the N.C Bar Association
"I think the reporting that this was a drug deal was completely false," Triggs
"They made it sound like this was a drug deal that had gone down there... that was a lie."
did not understand why the assistant district attorney had mentioned his
previous record with the bar in court Wednesday, saying the issue had nothing to do with the trial at-hand.
went on to say he
was appalled at the District Attorney's Office's management of the case.
"It's a travesty that this young man had to wait four years to stand trial for a crime he
didn't commit," Triggs
said, citing the district attorney's backlog of year-old crimes.
Nearly a week after the trial commenced, Triggs
as still unsettled by the racial composition of the jury, an issue he
brought up in court following jury selection Monday evening.
"There was not one minority there, not black, not Hispanic, not Asian.
Not one," Triggs
"You have to admit that's unusual."
suggested that race may play a part in how a juror perceived Connelly, a black man, accused of killing Nichols, a white man.