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Harrelson’s Father Seeks New Trial

June 27, 2000

DENVER (AP) _ The father of actor Woody Harrelson says a judge and federal prosecutors conspired against him to make sure he was convicted of killing a Texas judge more than 20 years ago.

Charles Harrelson is serving two life sentences at a federal maximum security prison in Colorado for the 1979 murder of U.S. District Judge John Wood Jr.

As part of his fight to have the 1982 conviction overturned, he testified Monday during a hearing that the trial judge and prosecutors were ``like two watermelons in a peanut shell.″

Harrelson’s lawyers contend he should get a new trial because a lawyer who Harrelson believed was part of his legal team at the trial was once considered a possible suspect.

Alan Brown, a San Antonio attorney who was cleared after passing a lie detector test, testified that he never represented Harrelson, though he said he visited him in jail and took frequent phone calls from him.

Woody Harrelson, who got his start as Woody the bartender on ``Cheers″ and went on to star in films such as ``Natural Born Killers″ and ``The People vs. Larry Flynt,″ attended the hearing along with his brother Brett.

``I thought a lot of good things came to light,″ he said afterward.

The hearing is expected to conclude by Wednesday but a ruling is not expected immediately.

Previous hearings have been held in San Antonio, where the case was tried, but the hearing is being held in Denver because of security concerns over transporting Harrelson to Texas.

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