4th Judicial District Court Judge John Fenn has denied a motion for a new trial for convicted murderer Shawn Osborne. In late June of this year an all day evidentiary hearing was held where Osborne's Attorney Keith Goody argued ineffective assistance of counsel by Osborne's trial lawyer Robert Jones. Fenn, in a decision letter sent to both Goody and Prosecuting Attorney Matt Redle, stated that there was not enough valid evidence backing up the claim of ineffective assistance of counsel to grant the defendant a new trial. In the letter, Judge Fenn also requests that both attorneys confer with one another on the amount of time that will be needed for sentencing so that the Court can schedule a sentencing date as soon as possible.
Osborne was found guilty of 1st Degree Murder in November of 2010 after a four day jury trial. Osborne was found guilty of killing 42-year-old Gerald Bloom during the early morning hours of January 15th, 2010 at a mobile home located at 1075 Bellevue Avenue in Sheridan. Both Osborne and Bloom were tenants of the trailer at the time of the murder, as were the owner of the trailer, Dennis David, and his girlfriend Dee Himes. Both David and Himes were key witnesses for the State in their case against Osborne. None of the occupants of the trailer except Osborne were ever charged with any crimes despite their knowledge of what happened and the fact that the murder wasn't reported to law enforcement until over 12 hours after it occurred.