Capital murder conviction overturned for Ala. man

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A judge has ordered a new trial for an ex-state trooper who was convicted in his wife's 1995 death.

AL.com reports (http://bit.ly/15AltG5 ) a Mobile County judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors didn't give George Martin's defense attorney's key evidence to support his claims that he didn't kill his wife in October 1995.

Martin's wife burned to death in their car on the side of a road and Martin was sentenced to death in 2000.

A judge noted that Martin's attorneys had received 2,336 pages of evidence while police had nearly 14,000 pages of evidence on the case. The judge also says Martin's lawyers weren't given police memos indicating another suspect may have been involved.

Alabama Attorney General spokeswoman Claire Haynes says the state will likely appeal the judge's ruling.




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