Convicted killer Ferro files appeal

Convicted killer Nicholas Ferro's attorney on Friday filed a notice of appeal with the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami.

Carlos Gonzalez hadn't filed an actual appeal, just the notice. It wasn't clear if it's an appeal of Ferro's September conviction for second-degree murder or the 28-year sentence Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Luis Garcia imposed on Feb. 7.

Ferro, now 27, killed Marquese Butler, 23, in the early-morning hours of Oct. 31, 2009, during a clash that broke out at Duval and Caroline streets in Key West. The fight was between Ferro's Broward County group of friends and Butler's Key West friends.

Sometime in the course of the fight, Ferro pulled out a 2.5-inch pocketknife and plunged it 6 inches into Butler's abdomen. He died at Lower Keys Medical Center.

Ferro said he acted in self defense while trying to save his friend Jorge Averoff from a group beating delivered at the hands of Butler's friends. But prosecutors successfully argued that it was Ferro and his friends who were looking for a fight, and that Ferro intentionally stabbed Butler.

It appears Ferro's appeal will be heard March 25.