Man who tossed daughter off bridge asks for new trial

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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – John Jonchuck has requested a new trial just over a week after being convicted of first degree murder for dropping his daughter Phoebe to her death off the Dick Misener Bridge in January 2015.

A jury in Pinellas County reached the unanimous verdict on April 16 after 14 days of testimony and six hours of deliberations. 

The motion for a new trial was filed on Friday.

The document states the prosecutor committed misconduct by making statements and offering no evidence in support of the statements to the jury, among other things. 

Jonchuck received an automatic life sentence upon his conviction.


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