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Appeal filed in Jeffrey Scott murder conviction

By Janice Broach - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Attorneys for Jeffrey Scott have filed an appeal of his second degree murder conviction.

Scott was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week for the murder of his wife Ashley, a beloved teacher at Bolton High School.

Monday, Jeffrey Scott's defense attorney, Leslie Ballin, said some of the testimony presented by prosecutors was prejudicial and should not have been allowed.

"I think they shouldn't have been able to hear it at all," Ballin said.

Ballin says the jury was allowed to hear certain testimony he believes should not have been allowed, and that is why he filed a motion for a new trial.

"I think it was prejudiced because it got into the proof," he said.

Ballin believes jurors should not have been allowed to see the pictures of a bruised and battered Ashley Scott, and should not have been allowed to hear  testimony that Ashley told a friend Jeffrey hit her.

"It came across to me that he had beaten her, according to the proof, on previous occasions," Ballin said. "The pictures I saw of the pre-Thanksgiving night - they were God-awful - and I think that, coupled with testimony the jury was allowed to consider...is grounds for an appeal to be granted."

Ballin said alcohol fueled most of the problems in the Scott marriage.

"I think alcohol led to the infidelity on both parties," he said. "I think alcohol was the path that led to destruction."

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