Arrowood Court Case Update

Arrowood's Court Case Update
Arrowood's Court Case Update
Posted at 4:58 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 06:27:35-04

PERRY, Fla. (WTXL) -- The family of a Perry man is fighting to prove his innocence as he serves a life sentence for the murder of his aunt.

WTXL ABC 27's Stephen Jiwanmall is live outside the Taylor County courthouse with the latest.

Garrett Arrowood's family says it's been the "most terrible" experience to go through and they're hopeful the judge will pave the way to vacating Garrett's sentence.

Only our cameras were in court this afternoon as Circuit Judge David Fina reviewed three motions concerning the conviction of Garrett Arrowood in the 2015 murder of Shelly Strickland.

The judge granted the state's motion to prevent Garrett's mother Lisa, who is Strickland's sister, from attending depositions in the future.

The judge has allowed Strickland's daughter and a Taylor County Deputy to be questioned under oath in regards to testimony about crime scene evidence.

We spoke to Garrett's parents right after the hearings. They said the legal battles they've fought to get this point have taken a toll on them.

"It has been just absolutely traumatic for our family to realize that the people that we trusted to be doing their job to find out who killed my sister have not been doing that. Instead, they've been on a witch hunt for my son", said Lisa Arrowood. 

The Arrowood's attorney has asked to depose the assistant state attorney and to disclose the grand jury proceedings in this case.

The judge said he'd put both motions under advisement once he reads the depositions. A ruling is expected after 10 days.

WTXL will keep you updated as details become available.