Friday, March 22, 2013

Ky. court overturns conviction in multiple slaying

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An eastern Kentucky man serving life in prison after being convicted of killing three children will get a new trial after the Kentucky Supreme Court concluded a juror should have been removed from the case before the trial started.

Justice Will T. Scott found that a judge should have granted a juror's wish not to serve in the case of 32-year-old Clayton Jackson in 2004 when he went on trial for arson and murder in Clay County. The juror was a friend of the victim's brother.

Justice Bill Cunningham dissented, saying dismissing the juror would have been a "thin reed of speculation" about how the juror's relationship would affect his judgment in the case.

Jackson was convicted of killing Michael, Robert and Jordon Sturgill.