Murderer’s request for new trial denied

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Monongalia County prosecutor’s office confirmed Monday afternoon that a convicted killer’s request for a new trial has been dismissed.

Circuit Court Judge Susan Tucker denied Robert Hernandez, Jr.’s request for a new trial in a fatal stabbing at a downtown Morgantown bar in August 2014.

Hernandez, 33, filed a petition saying that prosecutors used low-quality surveillance video to support their case.

Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Devante Waites, a Fairmont native and West Virginia University freshman.

Hernandez stabbed Waites inside Bent Willey’s on Chestnut Street then fled the scene. Morgantown Police soon apprehended him.

Hernandez was convicted in the case in January 2015. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Hernandez filed the request for a new trial in late April.