Park City murder verdict remains intact
December 8, 2017
A 3rd District Court judge on Wednesday denied a request by a man convicted of murder in a Park City shooting death to essentially set aside the jury's verdict, something that could have created the possibility of a retrial if the judge had agreed to the request.
James Henfling wanted Judge Kent Holmberg to arrest the judgment in the case, a rare legal maneuver in a case tried in district court in Park City. Holmberg ruled against the request, according to court records. The Summit County Attorney's Office, which prosecuted Henfling, opposed the motion filed by the Henfling side.
Henfling's attorneys based the request to set aside the verdict on jury instructions. A filing detailing the request argued the jury instructions included errors centering on the definitions of self-defense. County Attorney Margaret Olson disputed the assertion, saying in a filing the objections to the jury instructions were made too late.
A jury in October convicted Henfling of the murder of Jose Fernandez, a well-known Park City bartender. Sentencing is scheduled Jan. 10.