Court upholds conviction for 2001 slaying near Springfield

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | 3:44 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The state Supreme Court upheld a conviction and death sentence for a 2001 abduction and murder in southwest Missouri.

David Zink had represented himself during his 2004 trial for killing Amanda Morton after he struck her vehicle near Springfield on Interstate 44. He was assisted at trial by several public defenders, who also represented him during his penalty phase.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected various claims that Zink had ineffective legal aid.

Zink's appellate attorney had argued that Zink's decision to represent himself wasn't voluntary and that a hidden leg restraint made Zink limp while in court, which affected the jury's perceptions.

The appeal also claimed the trial was unfair because public defenders should have ordered a brain scan for Zink.


Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.