ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Lawyers for a man convicted of first-degree murder in St. Johns County are trying to get his conviction overturned.
James Turner was found guilty in the 2005 stabbing death of Renee Howard.
Turner was captured hours after the attack following a police chase in which he intentionally wrecked his truck into a deputy's cruiser.
Turner was sentenced to death.
New lawyers say Turner, now 40, should get a new trial because the trial lawyer failed to raise mental health issues in the penalty phase and didn't present sufficient mitigating evidence.
The hearing could last two days.
Copyright 2012 by News4Jax.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.