SEATTLE (CBS SEATTLE) – A convicted killer who committed suicide is appealing his case from the grave.

The Seattle Times reports that taxpayers will be footing the bill as the sister of Christopher Harrison Devlin looks to overturn his murder conviction.

Devlin was sentenced to life in prison last year after being found guilty of aggravated first-degree murder in the killing 52-year-old Daniel Heily, who was set to testify against him in an assault case. Devlin was then found dead of an overdose on Sept. 20, 2010, in his Spokane County Jail cell, four days after his sentence.

Leslee Devlin and her brother’s attorney believe the state should pay for the appeal process because he was broke when he died.

“She believed he was innocent and unless she continued his appeal, his innocence wouldn’t be established,” Robert Lamp, probate attorney who represents Leslee Devlin, told the Seattle Times.

The Seattle Times reports that a death certificate revealed the Devlin ingested a deadly amount of antidepressants.


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