A good Defense counsel would challenge base on the following,
Statement of the Key witness lack of creditability, given under duress, inconsistent with previous statement, inconsistent with police report.
Should Not be admissible.
Defense: key witness’s statement lack of creditability, facts showing that she could be delusional, she might have handed the knife out, no face proves that beyond reasonable doubt that she did not!
If defense were able to demonstrate, it was not premeditated actions, knife was not brought to the scene by the accused, some degree of self defense went too far, defendant could get a manslaughter to a degree, sentencing to anything from 5-15 years max
The petition was pathetic too, different jurisdictions, was the crime that ruthless? Reckless? Was the defendant that cold blood? He basically pissed his pants and ran off after he stabbed the victim. It was a rational, impulsive action, defendable. If the door was unlocked, he could carry on with his destined plan, go inside the house and commit another murder where if the prosecution would call premeditated, I do see it.