(COLORADO SPRINGS) — A Colorado Springs woman who was convicted following the deaths of her three children in a 2003 house fire has requested a new trial, according to her lawyers.

On March 7, 2003, a fire at a home on Undimmed Circle just south of North Carefree Circle claimed the lives of Deborah Nicholls’ three children: 11-year-old Jay, 5-year-old Sophia, and 3-year-old Sierra.

Five years after the fire, both Nicholls and her husband Timothy were convicted of plotting to kill their children. Prosecutors proved the couple was in financial trouble because of a meth addiction, and hoping to collect insurance money, even though Deborah was not home at the time of the fire.

Deborah was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole, one for each of her childrens’ murders, to be served consecutively.

To this day Deborah has maintained her innocence, and now a motion has been filed for a new trial to overturn the ruling.

Nicholls’ lawyers cited changes in forensic technology that can prove a jail inmate who testified about how the fire started was wrong, as well as changes to fire science evidence.

A motions request has been filed by Nicholls’ defense for a new trial, and 4th Judicial District Attorney (DA) Michael Allen will begin reviewing the request, according to Nicholls’ lawyers. DA Allen will make the decision whether to grant the request.

Nicholls’ motion for a new trial is being backed by the Korey Wise Innocence Project, who sent a statement in a press release by McCabe Law:

“The Korey Wise Innocence Project seeks to exonerate former Colorado Springs resident Deborah Nicholls, who was wrongfully convicted of killing her three children by arson based on junk science. Prominent experts in fire science have reviewed the case and firmly believe there is no evidence of arson.”

McCabe Law