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Loden's attorney asked court to reconsider decision

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Updated: 10/17/2013 1:06 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- The attorney for Thomas Edwin Loden is asking a federal judge to reconsider his decision to deny a request to throw out Loden's conviction and sentence in the 2001 death of Leeza Gray.

In a motion filed Wednesday, Loden's attorney says his client would have never entered a guilty plea in Gray's death if his attorney had actually been prepared to present a defense at trial.

Loden, 48, was sentenced to death plus 30 years for kidnapping, rape, and capital murder.

The 30-page motion asked the court to hold an evidentiary hearing.

The judge dismissed Loden's appeal with prejudice in September.

The ruling means Loden can no longer file appeals on claims of ineffective assistance of counsel and challenging the evidence in the case.

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