Attorney: Petition from Ethan Mack not a surprise
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The man convicted in the highly-publicized death of Kate Waring is reportedly asking to have his manslaughter conviction thrown out.
According to a report by The Post and Courier, Ethan Mack has filed a petition for post-conviction relief (PCR). The newspaper reports the 32-year-old has accused his defense attorney of poor representation.
It's a move Mack's defense attorney during the case, David Aylor, says is not a surprise. Aylor, who said he found out about the PCR from a Post and Courier reporter, said it's popular for those convicted to lengthy prison terms to visit the library and research loop holes in old, similar cases.
Mack pleaded guilty in the death of Waring in March 2011. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. According to the testimony of Heather Kamp, also charged in Waring's death, Mack tazed, beat, dragged and drowned Waring.
Aylor, who had yet to receive a copy of the newly-filed PCR Thursday, told ABC News 4 he was being accused of "ineffective counsel."
"He (Mack) says that I didn't interview his co-defendant," Aylor said of the newspaper's report. "...I stand behind my work in this case as I would in any other case. I don't feel anything I did was outside of being in the best interest of my client."
Aylor told ABC News 4 that even once he receives a copy of the PCR, based on ethical issues, he cannot share details.