Convicted murderer may seek new trial

Lively
Lively

Eric Lively’s sentencing Wednesday was postponed, according to Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees.

Lively was convicted of second-degree murder in early February for the killing of Jesse Simpson, 42, who was struck and killed by Lively’s pickup truck at a Shelter Cove intersection on May 3, 2017.

Lively faces 15 years to life in state prison and he was in court Wednesday for the sentencing hearing before Judge Christopher Wilson.

Wilson postponed the hearing when private defense attorney Russell Clanton went on the record and informed Wilson he plans to file a petition for a retrial. That petition was filed as of Wednesday afternoon and Clanton did not respond to a request for comment.

Lively is scheduled to be back in court for a hearing March 28.

Dan Squier can be reached at 707-441-0528.

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