A Tulsa man sentenced to death for murdering a bank security guard is seeking a new trial. Wade Lay and his son Christopher were convicted in September.
Chris Lay got life in prison; Wade Lay wants his case tried again.
News on 6 reporter Heather Lewin was in the courtroom and says Wade Lay, who was convicted while acting as his own attorney, now has a lawyer who says the case should be tried again, because one of the jurors and a witness who testified knew each other.
Jurors were individually questioned at a hearing Thursday and a few say one juror did mention during the trial that Tammy Lay, Wade Lay's ex-wife who testified for the defense, looked familiar. Tammy Lay says she's positive the man knew who she was. No one told the judge. Prosecutors wouldn't comment on how this could affect the case.
The victim's family says Wade Lay is just grasping at straws, trying to avoid his death sentence. Victimâ€™s sister Kim Tryon: "I felt that justice was served the first time and I don't think that we should have to go through it again, but if we do we'll be here. We'll be here every day to make sure it gets taken care of."
The judge did not decide Thursday on whether to grant Wade Lay a new trial or not.
The hearing was continued for two weeks, when two more jurors are expected to be questioned by attorneys.