Steven Downs files notice of appeal for murder and sexual assault of Sophie Sergie

Steven Downs is appealing his convictions and sentences.
Published: Oct. 25, 2022 at 3:40 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Steven Downs filed a notice of his appeal Monday, October 24, with the Alaska Court of Appeals.

Steven Downs was convicted of killing and sexually assaulting Sophie Sergie at a dorm room at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1993. He was recently sentenced to 75 years in prison.

On Monday, the lawyers who represented Downs during hi pre-trial hearings, at his trial and at sentencing filed a motion to withdraw as his attorneys. According to the Associated Press, the reason for withdrawing is Downs lacks funds to retain legal counsel for his appeals.

Downs now seeks representation from the Alaska Public Defender Agency for his appeals.