The legal counsel for 26-year-old James Reardon, made a motion for retrial in a Ray County Courtroom Wedneday afternoon, for the case of the November 2009 shooting death of Carol Thomas.
The defense was arguing that one of the jurors that found Reardon guilty of first degree murder, armed criminal action, and knowingly burning or tampering with a motor vehicle, was mentally unfit to serve at the time. A former Ray County deputy was also called in to testify.
The motion was denied and Judge Miller sentenced Reardon to life in prison without parole for murder. Reardon was also sentenced to 30 years for armed criminal action and 4 years for knowingly burning. Those sentences will run consecutively.