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Convicted Murderer Who Stabbed Girlfriend Over 230 Times Requesting New Trial

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WHEELING - A man already convicted of stabbing his paraplegic girlfriend more than 230 times, 15 years ago in Ohio County is asking for yet another trial.

Yasser Abdelhaq was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Dana Tozer of Lakewood in 2004. Her body was found in a hotel in Wheeling.

This isn't the first time Abdelhaq has been in court asking for a new trial. This time he claims he has several issues concerning his original murder trial 

Abdelhaq was in court in front of Judge James Mazzone for a hearing regarding a new trial, but there no decision was made.

Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith said there are several factors involved in Abdelhaq's request.

"There's separate issues in the Habeas Corpus petition," Smith said. "One section deals with the trial and things that he indicates were not done correctly and second of all there are allegations regarding his condition of confinement at Mt. Olive."

Abdelhaq was not in court. He took part in his hearing through video conferencing and is currently at Mt. Olive Correctional facility in Southern West Virginia serving a life sentence.

Abdelhaq's initial conviction was overturned in 2003 because an investigating police officer was on the grand jury that indicted him.   

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