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Sunday, October 6, 2013

New Murder Trial for Kenneth Minor

GavelThe conviction of Kenneth Minor is being overturned by the state court of appeals because of an error in the jury instructions. The appellate court held that the trial court went "substantially beyond" the language of the law.  As a result, Kenneth Minor will be facing a new murder trial. Minor is serving a 20 -years-to life sentence for murder. He was allegedly helping someone commit suicide and covered it up to make it look like he was killed in the course of a robbery.

Jeffrey Locker, motivational speaker, was stabbed to death in New York. Originally, the cops believed that Locker was killed during a burglary. An investigation revealed that Locker had devised a scheme to commit suicide so that his family could collect a life insurance policy worth $12 million dollars. Minor claims that he met Locker randomly and paid him to assist. 

See Mark Hansen Faulty Jury Instructions Mean New Murder Trial For Man Who Said He Was Assisting a Suicide, ABA Journal,  Oct. 4, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.

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