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Man who pleaded guilty to killing teen wants his plea nixed

August 14, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A white West Virginia man who pleaded guilty last week to killing a black teen now wants the court to revoke his plea and send the case to trial.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports William Ronald Pulliam requested the new trial, attorney and change of venue in a letter filed Tuesday. The letter, dated Aug. 8, 1999, says Pulliam was under duress when he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2016 death of 15-year-old James Harvey Means.

The 65-year-old Pulliam says his public offender told him not pleading guilty would likely lead to an unsuccessful trial and prison sentence during which Means’ brother would be out to get him. He now wants the trial.

Prosecutor Chuck Miller says a hearing may be scheduled to consider Pulliam’s requests.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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