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DeMocker: 'Fix was in' with jury that convicted him

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Defendant Steven DeMocker talks with his public defender Craig Williams Aug. 22, 2013, at the Yavapai County Courthouse in downtown Prescott.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Defendant Steven DeMocker talks with his public defender Craig Williams Aug. 22, 2013, at the Yavapai County Courthouse in downtown Prescott.

PRESCOTT - Steve DeMocker, convicted of murder in the killing of his ex-wife, believed the jury in his trial was "fixed," that attorney Craig Williams did a poor job of representing him, and that the judge wanted him convicted, according to court documents.

DeMocker was found guilty in October of the July 2008 murder of Carol Kennedy. The state contended that he bludgeoned her to death with a golf club. He will be sentenced Jan. 24.

DeMocker made 140 phone calls from the Camp Verde jail between his Oct. 4 conviction and Oct. 29, according to a report submitted by the chief investigator at the Yavapai County Attorney's Office, Randy Schmidt, who said that he listened to the 113 calls that did not involve DeMocker's lawyers.

DeMocker was unhappy with the make-up of the jury, he said in several of the phone calls. In one, made the day he was convicted, he told his father "that was not a very sophisticated jury," Schmidt wrote.

The next day, he told his mother that the jury selection process was a "disaster" and that the members of the panel had "limited intellect." DeMocker also complained that the foreman of the jury was against him from the start, Schmidt wrote.

When he spoke with his brother, Jim, on Oct. 9, DeMocker said the jury was "fixed," and later told his mother that "this jury was rigged to convict."

DeMocker told family members that he was not satisfied with Williams. Talking with his daughter, Katie, on Oct. 5, he said Williams was "not good on his feet," Schmidt said. DeMocker did, however, praise his second-chair counsel, Greg Parzych, saying that Williams did not let him participate enough. DeMocker also complained that Superior Court Judge Gary E. Donahoe was prejudiced against him.

In an Oct. 16 call, he told his mother and father that "this judge was just brought in to cram the case through and to get a conviction." On another occasion, he said Donahoe was a "nightmare" and, Schmidt wrote, "(DeMocker) said that the judge tried the case in front of the media."

Schmidt notes that DeMocker repeatedly made references to wanting to do interviews with CBS News and NBC News, and that family members said they had been told those interviews would portray him as an innocent man wrongly convicted. They have yet to take place.

Sheriff Scott Mascher has said he will not allow on-site media interviews because he could not accommodate the crews and maintain a secure environment.

DeMocker's attorney, Craig Williams, disputed the accuracy of the report produced by the Yavapai County Attorney's Office. "He's just been convicted - he's innocent - and it's a shock to the system," Williams said. "And Mr. DeMocker does not agree with what was said about him in this report."

Chief Deputy County Attorney Dennis McGrane told the Associated Press that the office stands by the report, which is a mix of direct quotes from DeMocker and his family, paraphrasing and opinion by an investigator from the office.

McGrane said it was not intended to be a transcript and is written from a prosecutor's point of view.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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