My name is Barbara Peck. I was convicted of First Degree Murder in 2009, a crime I had committed and confessed to from the very beginning. I had killed my husband of twenty years. Out of my sleep at approximately 4:30 a.m., unclothed; I had shot and killed him.
Regardless of my early confession, I spent over three years in the Allegheny County Jail only to be convicted in one and a half days. This includes jury selection. I chose not to testify on my own behalf due to what I thought was insufficient counsel. Emotional abuse is very grey; not black and white. I was told by my appointed Attorney that I would need to hire a lawyer for appeal.
Had I given any of this a moment’s thought I would not have done it. It never ever crossed my mind once to hurt anyone. I am truly sorry for what I have done and feel I deserve to be here, but not for the rest of my life.
I understand it must be done but I will continue to struggle with speaking about my husband in front of his family. I'm seeking professional counsel or monetary donations so that I may provide sufficient counsel to represent me during the appeal process.
I look forward to your responses, advice and legal assistance of any kind.
Thank you so much for reading my profile, even though brief.