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James Biela, sentenced to death for murder of Brianna Denison, to appeal for new trial

A hearing is scheduled for July 11 for an appeal filed by James Biela, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Brianna Denison (Photo: Nevada Department of Corrections)

James Biela, the man sentenced to death for the murder of 19-year-old Brianna Denison, is appealing his conviction, the Washoe County District Attorney's Office has confirmed.

Biela's attorneys have filed an appeal to argue that he had ineffective counsel during his initial trial, according to the D.A.'s office.

A status hearing is scheduled for June 16, and a spokesperson for the D.A.'s office told News 4-Fox 11 it is likely Biela will be in attendance.

The appeal hearing is scheduled to begin on July 11 in Washoe District Court. The appellate division of the Washoe County D.A.'s office will continue to represent the People for the hearing.

Biela was found guilty of raping and murdering Denison in May 2010, and he was sentenced to death later that June in a case that attracted significant media attention.

The Nevada Supreme Court rejected his appeal in 2012 in the murder of Denison and sexual assault of two others on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Biela's attorney Edward Reed says Biela's public defenders didn't adequately represent him. Among other things, he says Biela's Miranda rights were violated and the case should have been moved out of Reno because the extraordinary pre-trial publicity made it impossible to seat an impartial jury.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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