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Convicted Murderer Claims His Attorney Made Several Mistakes, Request Retrial

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A Pensacola man serving a life sentence for strangling his girlfriend is asking for a new trial. Henry Steiger was convicted in 2019 for strangling Cassandra Robinson after she threatened to leave him. Steiger claims his previous defense attorney Paul Hamlin allowed a recording to be played during trial that made references to an unrelated case Steiger was involved in. His new defense attorney Jared Brown says Hamlin made multiple mistakes during Steiger’s trial.

“There’s even time after the first series of inappropriate statements for Mr. Hamlin to collect himself, recognize that inappropriate things were introduced, and object. The prosecution also had the time. The prosecution admits after the fact that they missed certain statements in the recording that they should have and attempted to redact.”

Steiger claims he is innocent and that Robinson accidentally killed herself. He did admit to moving her body into the 55-gallon drum that it was found in. On the day of her disappearance Robinson sent Steiger a text reading quote, “this thing between us is over.”

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.