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Appeals Court: New Trial for Milwaukee Man Convicted of Murder

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A state appeals court ordered a new trial Wednesday for a Milwaukee man convicted of killing another man in broad daylight outside a community center.

The 1st District Appellate Court said 23-year-old Olu Rhodes did not get a fair trial when he was found guilty of killing 23-year-old Robert Davis and wounding another man with a gun in 2006.

Prosecutors said Rhodes and an accomplice confronted Davis, after they learned that Davis arranged to have Rhodes’ sister beaten up. The accomplice was later found not guilty, but Rhodes was convicted of being a party to homicide and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to life in prison, with a possible supervised release in 25 years.

But all that got wiped out Wednesday, at least until a new jury can consider his case. The appeals court said Rhodes’ attorney was wrongly prevented from cross-examining a witness in the first trial. The lawyer was trying to refute the alleged motive for the slaying.

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