Judge to decide outcome of Stanko hearing

Stephen Stanko awaits judge's decision

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - In the next few days, a judge is expected to announce the outcome of death row inmate Stephen Stanko’s post-conviction hearing.

Tuesday was day two and court is not in session in Georgetown County on Wednesday. Stanko’s older brother, Jeffery Stanko, was the first witness to take the stand.

Jeffery Stanko said he was not asked to testify during the 2006 trial or the original post-conviction relief hearing. He said if he was, he would have appeared and admitted he was questioned by one member on Stanko’s original defense.

Jeffery Stanko painted the picture of Stanko’s childhood. Their father’s military career moved the family frequently.

Jeffrey Stanko, the brother of death row inmate Stephen Stanko, took the stand Tuesday at a Georgetown County hearing. (Source: WMBF News)
Jeffrey Stanko, the brother of death row inmate Stephen Stanko, took the stand Tuesday at a Georgetown County hearing. (Source: WMBF News)

He said their childhood was “relatively normal” and the two had a good relationship.

Jeffery Stanko described his younger brother as an extrovert, an excellent student, popular and an athlete.

Stephan Stanko is hoping to make the case that his 2006 murder trial was unfair and his lawyers were unqualified in representing him.

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