WOODSTOCK – In court documents filed without the assistance of his attorneys, Scott Peters alleges he was abused in jail, his attorneys "botched" his case and he was the victim of an unfair prosecution.
Peters, 52, formerly of Holiday Hills, was convicted in April on charges he attempted to murder McHenry County Sheriff's deputies Dwight Maness, Khalia Satkiewicz and Eric Luna. Maness is confined to a wheelchair, and Satkiewicz is recovering from her injuries from the shooting. Luna was uninjured.
Among the latest allegations raised by Peters, he said his attorneys "botched" his case. Peters repeatedly has asked for new attorneys as his case was pending.
McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather has told Peters, who is indigent, he can't pick and choose the court-appointed lawyers who represent him.
"The Court erred in allowing the McHenry County Public Defenders office to represent Him," Peters' pro se motion for a new trial reads.
After court, his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, had no comment on Peters' filing except to say, "It's not my motion."
Peters also alleges "abuse" and unfair treatment at the McHenry County Jail. He has made similar claims in the past. At an earlier court appearance, he complained of knee pain and said, "They're taking it out on me," presumably meaning jail staff.
Peters also said corrections officers wearing body cameras recorded his interactions with his attorneys, and then relayed that information to prosecutors. He also believes his interview with McHenry County Sheriff's detectives was altered as it was played to the jury.
The first half of Peters' filing mirrors a motion for a new trial filed by his attorneys and later rejected by the judge. Prather said she would not rule on those matters a second time.
Though she didn't toss the rest of Peters' motion outright, it's unclear what, if any, legal weight it could carry. Prather said she would review the filing and determine whether additional hearings are needed. His next court date is June 11. The case is set for sentencing on June 25.