Day One of Adamcik's Post-Conviction Relief Hearing

Torey Adamcik 2015

Torey Adamcik is one of two men spending life in prison for the murder of Cassie Jo Stoddart. Police found Stoddart stabbed 29 times at a Pocatello home in September of 2006. Torey Adamcik and Brian Draper were convicted in separate trials in 2007. Adamick appealed his conviction to the Idaho Supreme Court, but it was denied.

Several people took the stand including Adamcik’s parents, having to recall the eight year old trial and revisit evidence, which the family believes was detrimental to their son’s character. Sixteen at the time of his arrest, now eight years later Adamcik is asking for a Post-Conviction Relief, he believes that he should not have to spend the rest of his life in prison and claims that his legal counsel was not effective in defending him.

On Tuesday, Adamcik’s parents, family members, and even his seventh grade teacher took the stand, hoping to convince Judge Mitchell Brown of who Adamcik was at the time of the trial. Many described Adamcik as kind, friendly, immature, naïve, a follower, and caring. Something the Adamcik family claims former lawyer Aaron Thompson, the first person called to the stand, did not do in the 2006 to 2007 trial.  

Adamcik’s former attorney said those witnesses were not called on, because the prosecution threatened to submit the family’s computer hard drive, containing horror film images and possible child pornography, if character witnesses were called.

Adamcik’s parents were not in favor of that deal and insisted the character evidence would help the jury differentiate Adamcik from the other convicted murderer, Brian Draper, something they believe led to their son’s life without parole sentence.

The Post-Conviction Relief Trial will continue Wednesday and Thursday starting at 9 a.m.

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