Man charged with murdering girlfriend entitled to new trial

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man convicted of killing his girlfriend and starting a fire to cover it up may get a new trial after spending more than 15 years behind bars.

A Charleston County Circuit Court Judge granted Wesley Myers post-conviction relief, meaning he is entitled to a new trial.

Myers was charged with murdering his girlfriend Teresa Haught on March 13, 1997. North Charleston police say he set fire to the Mill Inn after he beat and strangled Haught.

Police arrested Myers five days later in Hanahan. They say he confessed to the murder after being interrogated for over 20 hours.

In 2001, he was convicted and sentenced to 30 years for murder and 10 years for arson.

According to court papers released this week, a judge has found that his original trial lawyer was incompetent in handling his case, and that Myers was not present at all critical stages of the trial.

Additionally, new DN testing shows that a hair sample and blood found on a dollar bill at the scene did not come from Myers, as experts first testified.

Solicitor Scarlet Wilson says her office is urging the attorney general's office to appeal this order, and she says it looks as though they will.

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