CLEARFIELD – Although he is set to be put to death July 25, Mark Spotz’s name is still coming up in proceedings in Clearfield County Court.
Clearfield County President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman Tuesday granted a request for the Capital Defenders Group of Philadelphia to represent Spotz in filing paperwork in Clearfield County Court.
Last month, Robert Dunham of the group appeared before Judge Ammerman and stated that he plans to present evidence that Spotz’s brother Dustin Spotz had made threats that he was going to provoke his brother into hurting him. That argument, according to Dunham, would be then presented to courts in Schuylkill, York and Cumberland counties where Spotz was convicted of first-degree murder in three cases.
Dunham said he plans to argue that Mark Spotz “was attacked by his brother Dustin,” according to statements Dunham made to the judge last month.
“They want to try and get their case vacated, and they want another trial,” Judge Ammerman said from the bench Tuesday. “Then they’ll go to the other three counties.”
In each of the cases that happened outside of Clearfield County, the voluntary manslaughter conviction given to Spotz for the death of his brother was presented to the juries.
Spotz is being housed in the State Correctional Institution at Greene while he awaits execution by lethal injection.