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Amboy man seeks to appeal murder conviction

State appellate defender will handle new case

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Matthew Welling is escorted into the Lee County courtroom June 25 for sentencing. Welling was sentenced to 60 years on the first-degree murder of Delmar "Leroy" Daniels, and 30 years on the count of home invasion.

DIXON – A former Amboy man is trying to appeal his conviction for murder that brought him a 90-year prison sentence.

A notice of appeal was filed on Matthew Welling’s behalf on June 25, the same day Lee County Judge Ron Jacobson handed down the sentence.

“Any situation like this, we would file a notice of appeal,” said Bob Thompson, Welling’s attorney. “... And then it’s up to the appellate defender to determine what issues the appellate defender wants to present on behalf of the defendant. That can include anything that we had motions on before the trial to any of the evidence or any of the procedures during trial. I don’t know what those will be, that’ll be up to them.”

Welling, 34, who had no previous felony criminal record, was convicted May 19 of first-degree murder and home invasion.

On July 18, 2012, he murdered Delmar Leroy Daniels in his Amboy home. Welling, who told police he had no memory of attacking Daniels, broke his jaw, ribs and nose, and inflicted more than 30 cuts and stabs to his head alone, using a broken glass flower vase with jagged edges. Daniels bled to death.

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