Minot man convicted of killing ex-girlfriend appeals

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot man serving 40 years in prison for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend is appealing his murder conviction to the state Supreme Court.

A jury last May convicted 28-year-old Bradley Morales in the August 2017 death of 25-year-old Sharmaine Leake after an apparent domestic dispute. She died six days later when her family took her off life support.

Morales was sentenced last September.

The Minot Daily News reports Morales argues in his appeal that the trial judge violated his constitutional rights by committing procedural errors and by denying Morales’ request to represent himself.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the appeal March 19 in Bismarck.

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