Lawyer asks for Sarah Pender’s murder convictions to be overturned

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The lawyer for a woman accused of killing her roommates is asking prosecutors to overturn her conviction.

Sarah Pender was convicted for the October 2000 murder of her roommates Drew Cataldi and Trisha Nordham.

For the October 2000 murder of her roommates Drew Cataldi and Trisha Nordham.

As Fox59 News reported last month, former prosecutor Larry Sells now says Pender did not get a fair trial because of a document he found in the original case file.

That “snitch list” from key witness Floyd Pennington would have scrapped his testimony that Pender confessed her role to him during an encounter at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

Sells now believes that list of people Pennington was willing to testify against to receive a lighter sentence in his own criminal case casts doubt on his credibility, yet Pender’s attorney did not know such a list existed.

Cara Weineke, Pender’s appeals attorney, has filed a 41-page motion to modify with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, hoping to vacate her client’s murder sentence pending an appeal to the Indiana Appeals Court.

During exclusive interviews with Fox59 News, Pender has always claimed she was not present in the home the night Cataldi and Nordham were shotgunned to death.

Pender’s boyfriend, Richard Hull, admitted to the killings but his version of the murders has changed at various times.

Pender escaped from the Rockville Correctional Facility in Western Indiana in Aug. of 2008.

An Indiana Department of Corrections officer and an ex-prisoner were both convicted and imprisoned for their roles in the escape.

Pender and an Avon, Ind., man who supported during her four months on the run have never been charged in the case.

While Pender has been assigned to segregated housing at the Indiana Womens Prison, her lack of criminal charges and conviction in the escape case means authorities would have no related charges to hold her on should her sentence modification or appeal prove successful.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said it will take his office at least a month to review the sentence modification request.

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