Ex-JSO officer convicted of murder wants lawyer

Karl Waldon convicted of robbing, murdering businessman in 1998

Karl Waldon is led out of the Federal Courthouse during his 2002trial.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former Jacksonville police officer convicted of robbing and killing a businessman in 1998 now wants a lawyer.

Karl Waldon was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Sami Safar. In August, he filed a motion for a new trial, and he had been handling his own appeals.

Waldon, three other ex-officers and two other defendants were all indicted in what has been called the worst case of corruption in Jacksonville Sheriff's Office history.

They started off shaking down drug suspects, but progressed to robbery and murder in the Safar case.

Safar left a bank after making a large withdrawal. That bank was where ex-officer Auric Sinclair, one of the conspirators, was working private security.

Safar was pulled over by Waldon, robbed, handcuffed and stuffed in the back of a police cruiser, where he suffocated.

All but Waldon pleaded guilty. Waldon was tried and convicted.

He has filed prior motions seeking to vacate his conviction and sentence, but all of them have failed.