An attorney for Donald Southworth, who was sentenced last month to life in prison for the June 2010 beating death of his wife, Umi, has filed a notice of appeal with the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Lexington attorney Russell Baldani said he filed the notice earlier this month. Baldani also said he filed a motion in Fayette Circuit Court for him and his law partners, who represented Donald Southworth at his jury trial in January, to withdraw from the case. Baldani said he asked that a public defender be appointed.
Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell, following the jury's recommendation, sentenced Southworth to life in prison on the murder conviction. Southworth, 49, will be eligible for parole consideration in 20 years.
Umi Southworth, 44, was found severely beaten beneath a box spring in a brushy area behind her Meadowthorpe Avenue home on June 9, 2010. She was pronounced dead the next day after she was removed from life support. The case drew international attention because police did not realize for hours after they arrived at the scene that she was still breathing.