OGDEN -- Potential new evidence pointing to an early suspect in a 2009 murder has surfaced, says the attorney for the man convicted of the slaying.
Robert McCullar, 51, was found guilty by a jury in July 2011 of stabbing Filiberto Robles Bedolla, 49, to death Dec. 22, 2009, in Bedolla's tiny apartment at 2560 Adams Ave. The defense contends, in a motion for a new trial heard Thursday, that the jury should have heard evidence regarding Donna Finch's alleged ties to the death.
On Thursday, attorney Randall Richards said the defense has located Donna Finch's car in Las Vegas, and it has blood inside.
Richards is requesting fees from the county to pay for the car's return and analysis.
Weber County Attorney Dee Smith argued that the prosecution has no detail about the car or its alleged evidence, and it shouldn't be part of the motion for a new trial.
Smith also noted that Finch was the first suspect in the murder, but was cleared for lack of evidence.
The defense was not allowed to introduce detailed evidence about Finch, a downtown prostitute, such as a knife-point robbery of another man six months before the murder, which was ruled inadmissible hearsay. Finch could not be located for Mc-Cullar's trial, and officials have said her whereabouts are still unknown.
Judge W. Brent West took the motion under advisement, noting he was inclined to deny it because he had ruled on most of the issues raised when he sat for the trial, making it a matter for an appellate court.
McCullar is in prison serving a potential life term. The evidence against him included his own taped confession to the killing. He said he was angered at Bedolla's spitting and saying a racial slur during an argument over a cigarette.
Richards called the confession mere "braggadocio" on Thursday and said 25 percent of all exonerated murder cases overcome a confession.