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Erika Sifrit Seeks New Trial

Erika Sifrit Erika Sifrit

09/25/2008 9:36 AM ET

FREDERICK, Md. (AP)- Erika Sifrit is seeking a new trial in the 2002 killings of a pair of Ocean City tourists.

Sifrit's lawyer has filed the motion in Frederick County Circuit Court. Robert Biddle claims her trial lawyers failed to reveal to jurors that she was a "needy" woman whose actions centered around her husband.

Sifrit and her husband Benjamin, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., were convicted in separate trials in 2003. Prosecutors said Martha Crutchley and Joshua Ford of Fairfax, Va., were lured to a condo where they were shot. Their dismembered bodies were found days later in a Delaware landfill.

In the filing, Biddle, says Erika Sifrit's trial attorneys never explained to jurors the depth of her mental illness, and the effects of psychiatric drugs, Paxil, and Xanax, which were found in Sifrit's purse when she was arrested.

Biddle claims Erika Sifrit was so abused and dependent on her husband she "lacked the capacity of a rational adult."


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