Some leftover pieces from Monday’s state Supreme Court hearing on Craig Heidt’s quest for a new trial.
Each side gets 20 minutes to make their case before the justices. The justices can ask questions during the arguments, and the clock does not stop for those inquiries or for the attorney’s answer. Heidt’s attorney Dow Bonds didn’t get to address the change of venue issue nor the disqualification of co-counsel Manubir Arora before the trial.
Michael Muldrew, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the original case and represented the state Monday afternoon, didn’t use up all his allotted 20 minutes. The justices had fewer questions for him than they did for Bonds. Most of the questions were asked by Justice David Nahmias, who is very highly regarded as a legal mind.
Bonds said he has spoken with Heidt, who is incarcerated at Macon State Prison.
“He’s in a rough place,” he said. “But he’s hoping and praying as well as his family that everything will come out in his favor and justice will be done at some point.”
If the justices rule in Heidt’s favor and grant him a new trial, will the family be ready to go through that again? Bonds said they will cross that bridge if they get to it.
“You’ve got to catch the ball first before you run with it,” he said. “We want to take this one step at a time,” he said.