The Public Defender may file a notice of appeal for you. That is standard procedure in many states. If you do not want to continue with the PD, you may be able to get a referral from that office for court appointed counsel. That depends on the local rules for PD and conflict free counsel.
You could contact the local bar association and ask for a referral or pro bono counsel.
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This is Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Contact them to find out if they will do an appeal pro bono.
Also, the public defender system in Missouri has an appeals division, which I believe is separate from the local office you dealt with in St. Louis County. You should contact that office to see if they can handle the appeal, even though St. Louis County Public Defender's office handled the trial. http://www.publicdefender.mo.gov/legal/appellate_PCR.htm
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