John Charles Eichinger Appeals Death Sentenceon February 10, 2011 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
John Charles Eichinger has appealed his death sentence for the murders of three women and a 3-year-old girl. He is claiming ineffective trial counsel, and that his is brain damaged. The latter should have been brought up in trial, his appeal claims.
In the appeal before Judge William R. Carpenter, Assistant Federal Defender Hunter Labovitz asked Eichinger’s former defense attorney William R. McElroy about the case, trying to find weaknesses in his defense. One interesting fact is that McElroy admitted he didn’t take notes when interviewing Eichinger.
Always document! Always!
McElroy also waited six months to bring in co-counsel, which does seem long in a capital murder case.
Eichinger appearently suffers (or suffered) from Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a condition which caused tingling in the fingers and toes, and weakness in the arms and legs. That direction would have been a stretch, at best.
What it really came down to was Eichinger’s journal. It gave a detailed account of the killings, and left little room for doubt of his guilt.