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Morales appealing murder conviction

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PASCO, Wash.- Attorneys have begun the process of appealing a Pasco man's murder conviction.

Franklin County Superior Court Judge Vic Vanderschoor Wednesday signed the final findings order documenting the evidence presented at the trial of Ramon Garcia Morales.

A Franklin County jury convicted Morales in April last year for the 2008 shooting death of a Pasco man and crtiically wounding the man's wife. The judge sentenced him to 75 years in prison.

Defense attorneys argue Morales was mentally unfit to stand trial.

Morales refused to speak to his attorneys, and at one point in county jail he had to be fed intravenously.

Morales is confined at the medical unit at the state prison in Monroe.

A jury also convicted Morales' brother, Jose Garcia Morales, and a judge sentenced him to the maximum 75-year-prison term as well.