In 2017 my brother was convicted of Murder 2nd, Manslaughter 1st, Manslaughter 1st, Poss Cont Sub, Poss Of Firearm By Convicted Drug Offender. Which carried a sentence of Life with no parole and then some years. He had fought with an distance family member. Which lead to him dying on the way to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. I've fought for my brother since that day knowing in my heart it was an act of self defense. The evidence is there i don't feel he was tried fairly, i just don't know where to go from here.
If he pleaded guilty, he waived and gave up any potential claim of self-defense. However, since it appears he was convicted of Murder 2nd, I'm guessing that means it went to trial. If so, and if he presented evidence of self-defense at trial, the murder verdict means that the jury rejected the self-defense claim unanimously and beyond reasonable doubt.
There is a short time limit for direct appeals, but even then, the South Dakota Supreme Court would not overturn the jury's verdict on the murder charge unless there was no possible way a jury could have convicted of murder - that the prosecution presented insufficient evidence. An appeal isn't about re-arguing the same facts in front of a different audience, it's about correcting mistakes along the way.
There may be little anyone can do at this point, but you can try the "Find a lawyer" option at the top of your screen to see if you can find an attorney able and willing to assist you further.
Try calling the state Punlic Defender’s Office. If they have re ieeed the case and did not find grounds for appeal, there might not be much else to do. This site, AVVO, is a good place to ask though. Good luck,
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