A man convicted of stabbing a man to death and leaving his body near Rose Valley Road in 1999 wants a new trial.
Angel Anthony Fernandez was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2000 for the death of Edward Ross.
In a motion Fernandez filed with Cowlitz Superior Court this week — representing himself — he argued that there is a “double jeopardy violation” and that his sentence for aggravated first-degree murder should be vacated.
He wants to be retried or sentenced for first-degree murder, which could result in the chance for parole or a lesser sentence.
Fernandez, 50, was moved in June from the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton to the Cowlitz County Jail. His next hearing is Aug. 4, according to state court records.
He has been denied a public defender.
Fernandez and three others were originally accused of kidnapping Ross and his girlfriend from a ferry dock in Mukilteo, Wash., in October 1999.
The girlfriend was released, but Ross was taken to Cowlitz County. His body, stabbed numerous times, was found hidden in brush off of Rose Valley Road.
Investigators at the time said Ross was abducted and killed over a $300 debt for meth.
Fernandez claims that since he was originally charged with both first-degree murder and aggravated first-degree murder, his constitutional protection against double jeopardy was violated.
He wrote the “proper remedy” would be a new sentence for first-degree felony murder.