A woman who lost her husband after a violent car crash and her own life were found guilty of killing her husband by hanging is appealing her death sentence, according to court documents.
Devon Lewis Lewis, 57, died after a fight at a home party on Feb. 6, 2010.
His wife, Devon Lewis, 58, was convicted of his murder.
Devonta Lewis, a former waitress, had been in prison on a parole violation and had been on probation for domestic violence charges.
She has been held without bail since her sentencing, which was delayed because she had been released from prison, her attorney, Michael DeWine, told The Washington Times.
Devondas court-appointed attorney, Lisa Pendergast, told jurors Wednesday that Devonta was a devoted wife and mother.
She was the proud mother of four boys and two daughters, who all grew up to be great adults, she said.
“She is a beautiful person, and she is a fighter,” Pendergal said.
She has been serving time in the Maryland Department of Corrections, where she is awaiting a trial date, Pendergtast said.
Devons lawyer, Jeffrey Eller, declined to comment on the appeals ruling.
He said his client plans to appeal her death conviction.
Devonte Lewis’ lawyer, Michael D. Eller said he planned to appeal his client’s death sentence in court.
Lewis was arrested in October 2011 and charged with murder after a police chase ended with him crashing his car into a parked vehicle in Washington state.
He was charged with assault with intent to kill, and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.
In November 2010, the Washington State Medical Examiner ruled that Devondas death was due to her injuries from the crash.
The autopsy determined she died from blunt force trauma to her head and chest, resulting from a car crash.
Devonding police found Lewis in a hotel room that had been set ablaze and his body was found the next day.
Lewis’ lawyer said Wednesday that she suffered a concussion from the impact of the crash and was unconscious when she was found.
Lewis’ attorney, DeWining, told the Times that she was hospitalized and treated for a concussion and burns.
Devonda Lewis’ death sentence was overturned on Wednesday after jurors found her guilty of first-degree murder.
She was sentenced to death.
Devonds death sentence overturned after jury found she was guilty of murderDevonda Lewis was sentenced on Wednesday to death after jurors convicted her of first degree murder in the fatal 2012 car crash that claimed the life of her husband, Devon.
The trial was the culmination of a four-year legal battle between Lewis and her family.
Devante Lewis was convicted in June of first degrees murder and attempted murder for the fatal crash.
She had been out on parole for domestic abuse and probation violations.
Lewis, who has been in the D.C. jail since January 2013, has filed for a stay of execution.