Justices order new trial in 2010 Jackson shooting death

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Supreme Court is ordering a new trial for a man convicted in the 2010 shooting death of a woman in his Jackson apartment.

Charles Kuebler was convicted of deliberate-design murder in 2011 for the slaying of Tamra “Tammy” Stuckey. He was sentenced to life in prison.

The Supreme Court found Thursday that Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd wrongly denied Kuebler the chance to present his own theory – either that Stuckey committed suicide or that a gun accidentally fired while Kuebler was trying to stop her from shooting herself.

Justices also said Kidd was wrong in allowing prosecutors to tell jurors that Kuebler had fled Hinds County while out on bond awaiting trial.

A majority of Supreme Court justices ruled that the errors warrant a new trial.

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