Crime

Petition for an amended Post-Conviction Collateral Relief denied for Thomas Huddleston

Judge Thomas Kistler denied a petition for an amended Post-Conviction Collateral Relief on Dec. 2 for a man serving a life sentence for a second-degree murder charge.

According to a news release from the office of the district attorney, the first PCRA petition was filed in 2006 for Thomas Huddleston. Huddleston was sentenced to life in prison in 2000 for the 1999 slaying of Oscar Camargo.

The court ultimately dismissed the 2006 petition, the release said. In 2008, Huddleston filed a second petition alleging his attorney, Mark Zearfaus, was ineffective because he failed to file the first PCRA petition in a timely manner.

The state Superior Court denied Huddleston’s petition and affirmed his conviction, the release said.

Huddleston filed his third petition in June 2014, the release said. An evidentiary hearing was held in October for his claims for ineffective assistance of counsel.

After the hearing, the court denied his petition, the release said.

“I am always pleased for the victims when there is some finality after years of appeals,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in the release.

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