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Early end to jury selection vacates man’s murder conviction

March 13, 2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee appeal’s court has vacated a man’s first-degree murder conviction as it ruled the case’s judge ended jury selection too soon.

The Commercial Appeal reports the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals says 21-year-old Martiness Henderson should get a new trial. Henderson was one of three people who went to trial on charges related to the 2014 slaying of 37-year-old Larry Wilkins. Each was sentenced to life when convicted in 2017.

Wilkins was killed that March while selling his 2006 Ford Mustang on Craigslist outside of his Memphis home.

Court transcripts say Judge Paula Skahan cut off jury selection for Martiness Henderson’s 2016 trial with 12 jurors and one alternate as she was worried their cars would be booted and they would be fined, as had happened in the past.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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