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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) Marlon Duane Kiser was convicted in 2003 for the first degree murder of Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Donald Bond in 2001, and sentenced to death.The ruling from the Appeals Court concluded that the post conviction court did not err by denying post conviction relief to Kiser, and that his claim failed to establish any clear and convincing evidence. The judgment of the Hamilton County Criminal Court was upheld.READ MORE Marlon Kiser returns to court for hearingPREVIOUS STORY: A convicted cop killer was back in court Monday, making a final plea for a new trial.Marlon Kiser is on death row for shooting and killing Hamilton County Deputy Donald Bond in 2001. A jury convicted him two years later and he’s been appealing ever since.Kiser’s lawyers claim that an innocent man has been sentenced to death, but even the Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld his death sentence. This post conviction petition hearing is essentially the last avenue he can take to appeal at least within the state court system.Kiser gave a shackled two thumbs up while walking into the courtroom.”Either exonerate me or kill me,” Kiser told Judge Don Poole before the hearing concluded.Kiser believes he deserves a new trial in part, he claims, due to incompetent lawyers. He was represented by the public defender’s office when he was convicted in 2003.”An innocent man was sentenced to death, and we have been fighting tirelessly to undo that injustice,” said Luke Evans, one of Kiser’s attorneys.Over the last several months, the defense team has called numerous witnesses who never testified at trial ones who say Kiser’s old roommate, Mike Chattin, was Deputy Bond’s killer.”Everybody that knew Mikey knew his character,” testified Lisa Gray, who dated Chattin after Kiser was convicted.While fighting back tears on the witness stand,
Gray said she suspected her ex killed Bond, but she never told police.”When you accused (Chattin) of killing Deputy Bond, did he deny it?” Evans asked.”No,” Gray replied.Chattin was the state’s star witness during Kiser’s trial. But he can’t fight these most recent allegations. Chattin died in 2011.”Timing is what it is, though,” Evans said. “My client’s been fighting through the system, and he should not be held at a disadvantage because Mr. Chattin met an untimely demise.”Still, District Attorney General Neal Pinkston is confident that Kiser won’t get a second shot.”Overall, (there’s) nothing really new showing that (Kiser’s) rights were violated that should allow him to have a new trial,” Pinkston said.If Judge Don Poole doesn’t rule in Kiser’s favor, then Kiser can appeal that, too. He could also try getting a federal court to hear his case.”It takes a really long time for these to resolve themselves,” said Pinkston.Because there is no jury in a post conviction hearing, the decision whether or not to grant Kiser a new trial is solely up to Judge Poole. There is no deadline set for when that ruling will come down.Attorneys on both sides must file written arguments in the case in June before the judge makes a final decision.In Tennessee, there are currently 69 inmates on death row. According to state figures, it costs $117.59 per day to house a death row offender. That means taxpayers statewide shell out more than $8,113 per day for those on death row.PREVIOUS STORY: Marlon Kiser went before Judge Don Poole Monday morning,
seeking a new trial for the 2001 murder of Hamilton County Deputy Donald Bond.Kiser was convicted of shooting killing Hamilton County Deputy Donald Bond in 2001 and was sentenced to death in 2003.