CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston man sentenced to death in the 2002 fatal shooting of a South Carolina Highway Patrolman is in court Thursday morning to request his death sentence be dismissed.
Jesse Sapp was found guilty of gunning down Corporal Jeff Jonson at a holiday checkpoint near College Park Road in the early morning hours of July 7, 2002. He was sentenced on May 9, 2003 to death by lethal injection.
Officials say Sapp shot in order to avoid being arrested at a license check point. Sapp was reportedly arrested after being shot several times while attempting to run from the scene.
His death sentence was upheld in October 2005 after an appeal. A new sentencing hearing was ordered in August 2009 after a judge found Sapp's attorneys for his initial trial were "ineffective" in their defense.
At Thursday's motion hearing, the State is asking for the motion for dismal to be denied.