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Aug 16, 2012 7:08 PM by Ian Cross

Re-sentencing hearing for UA dorm stabbing convict appealed

TUCSON - Attorneys for the former University of Arizona student who was found guilty of stabbing and killing her roommate in 2007 are seeking to change her sentence.

A Superior Court judge granted a request from prosecutors to impose a stay on a resentencing hearing for Galareka Harrison, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2008. Harrison was found guilty of stabbing her then-dorm mate and fellow University of Arizona freshmen Mia Henderson to death inside their dorm.

Her new lawyer argued that her previous attorneys did not do a good job in the case when it was brought to trial in 2008. Harrison received a sentence of life in prison without parole.

The judge imposed a stay in the case today. Prosecutors have 30 days to make their case before the Court of Appeals.

Both sides are now waiting to hear how the judge rules.

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