Posted: Oct 16, 2013 7:41 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
HELENA - Joshua Giddings, an inmate at the Montana State Prison, is asking for post-conviction relief for a deliberate homicide case form 2005.
Giddings, 39-years-old, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in the death of Amy Rolfe.
Under court filings, Giddings claimed he was not allowed to be present in pre-trial evidentiary proceedings, which he said resulted in errors.
He claims that new evidence has come forward which establishes that another man, Richard Alan King, was responsible for Rolfe's death.
Rolfe was found by her father under a pile of laundry in the basement of her parent's home on July 22nd, 2005; she had been beaten to death.
The 26-year-old Rolfe had three young children.
Witnesses cited in the court documents claim that Giddings was high on meth at the time of the murder.
Although the conviction was upheld by the Montana Supreme Court, Giddings claims he didn't have adequate defense.
A post-conviction relief hearing has been scheduled in Judge Seeley's court January 28th at 9 a.m.
Giddings is expected to be present.
Giddings claims he was given ineffective counsel and asks that the court reconsider and reverse its order.