West Virginia Innocence Project

Jeremiah Mongold’s conviction in the 2004 death of his step-daughter was vacated Thursday and Judge Charles Parsons ordered the Shanks man released from Denmar Prison to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, setting bail at $75,000. A May 17 hearing will determine where the case proceeds from here.

Eleven years after the conviction and 20 days after a habeas corpus hearing, Parsons ruled that Mongold received trial counsel so ineffective from Romney attorney Lawrence Sherman that it led to the defendant’s conviction.  Sherman pointed out that Parsons noted in his order that Sherman had a good reputation as a trial attorney.

He spoke of the difficulty of trying shaken impact cases that one of Mongold’s expert witnesses alluded to on April 15. Read more.