ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Attorneys for John Jonchuck are asking for a new trial. 

Jonchuck was found guilty of first-degree murder in April in the death of his 5-year-old daughter Phoebe Jonchuck.  

Jonchuck is guilty of dropping his daughter 60 feet to her death from the Dick Misner Bridge in 2015. He was automatically sentenced to life in prison.

In court on Thursday, attorneys and a judge set a date of Aug. 26 for motion hearings for a new trial.

In the meantime, Jonchuck's attorneys will work on that motion to try to make their case for a new trial. Jonchuck's defense has listed almost a dozen issues it found with the trial. 

Jonchuck was not in the courtroom Thursday. 

His attorneys told the judge they are working on a new, stronger motion that us expected to include new standards regarding expert testimony in the case.

Attorneys have until next Friday to file the new motion, otherwise the hearing in August will be soley on the original motion, which was previously filed.