Brianna Denison had returned home to Reno for winter break. In the early hours of January 20, 2008, she crashed on some friends’ couch after a concert. But when her friends awoke, she was gone, leaving only a bloodstained pillow. The search for the college psychology student would last nearly a month.
Attorneys for James Biela, the man convicted of the 2008 murder of pretty coed Brianna Denison, argued Biela’s appeal Monday saying that the killer was unjustly given the death sentence. The Republic reports that Biela’s lawyers argued that the jury’s decision was influenced by passion fueled by an “avalanche of news coverage.