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A man who was declared guilty of eleven felony counts of child abuse was able to delay sentencing this morning by claiming “ineffective assistance of counsel.”

Daniel Roger Hood, 43, made several “oral motions” to a judge, plus he submitted four handwritten pages, in which he requested a new trial.

The one allegation made by Hood which the judge said could possibly be “grounds for a new trial” was Hood’s claim that his private defense attorney, Karolyn Kovtun, did not “represent him adequately.” The judge did not grant a new trial today, but did set a future date to rule on that request.

Before the hearing was interrupted, the father of the 9-year-old girl allegedly abused by Hood had begun to speak to the court. The child’s father is an active-duty Marine who is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton.

The father first said thank-you to all the law enforcement agencies that worked to gather evidence. He expressed gratitude that criminals “are put away and out of our regular society” and referred to officers as “wolfhounds” who pursue “thug criminals.”

The gruff-voiced Marine said, “I like to call them the wolfhounds because you see that the best and most effective way to protect the flocks of sheep from misbehaving wolves is through the supporting of our wolfhounds.”

During his trial, on May 31, 2013, Daniel Roger Hood took the witness box to deny he was the one who took the incriminating photos and video found on his cell phone. The jury unanimously found him guilty on all counts after about an hour of deliberations.

Daniel Hood’s next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. on July 8, 2013, before the Honorable Judge Blaine Bowman, in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.

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FatCatSegat July 1, 2013 @ 4:09 p.m.

After going through a trial, now he files the motion. The already convicted weasel is grasping at straws. That motion would fly better with a court appointed atty. Not to worry, he'll get his day and get whats coming to him in a little while longer. Denial seems to be a part of his makeup. The real wolves in the pen await him with open arms. nyuk, nyuk.

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SurfPuppy619 July 1, 2013 @ 6:10 p.m.

After going through a trial, now he files the motion. The already convicted weasel is grasping at straws. That motion would fly better with a court appointed atty Actually it works better with private attorneys as they usually don't have the trial experience a public defender has. Most PD's have 100 or more trials under their belt when assigned cases of this magnitude.

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SurfPuppy619 July 2, 2013 @ 8:21 a.m.

does not work better typo, PD's are usually better

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Visduh July 1, 2013 @ 4:19 p.m.

Desperate situations call for desperate measures. He has no other way out of this, except appeal, and he will not be out on bail during appeal. As is typical in the death penalty cases, the first thing the appellate attorney does is claim that the trial attorney was incompetent, or failed to provide an adequate defense. It's all part of the boiler plate. He definitely doesn't want to go to prison for the rest of his life. I wonder who told him to claim that she didn't provide an adequate defense.

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SurfPuppy619 July 1, 2013 @ 6:12 p.m.

As is typical in the death penalty cases, the first thing the appellate attorney does is claim that the trial attorney was incompetent, or failed to provide an adequate defense

LOL..OJ Simpson has a habeas corpus petition going on right now in Nevada with the same claim, and my former colleague from the Federal Public Defender office is the judge in his case- wild.

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Eva Knott Nov. 17, 2013 @ 10:11 a.m.

Daniel Hood has been able to delay sentencing several times, his next court date is now December 2, 2013. At that hearing, Judge Bowman will rule on whether or not Hood will get a new trial. If the new trial request is denied, the judge will then hear statements from the mother and father of the abuse victim. And then Daniel Hood can expect to learn his sentence.

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Eva Knott Dec. 2, 2013 @ 2:20 p.m.

“I will never forgive myself for trusting you,” the mother of the abuse victim wept when she stood in court and spoke to the man convicted of raping her 9-year-old daughter. The father of the little girl also spoke before sentencing today, he said his training with the Marines helped him to control his “natural instinct to throttle” the abuser, the father instead waited for the justice system to work. Judge Blaine Bowman remarked on the “rare case” in which the perpetrator used his own cell phone to capture video of himself abusing the child, and then that video became part of the “overwhelming evidence” presented at trial. The judge further spoke of the “cruelty and callousness” of Daniel Hood’s “despicable acts” before he declared, “I’m going to impose the maximum.” It was June 3, 2013 when a jury declared Hood guilty of eleven felony counts of child abuse. On December 2, 2013, a San Diego Superior Court judge sentenced Hood to 116 years to Life in prison. A clerk said that 43-year-old Hood has 727 days custody credit, so far.

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