Man back in court after murder conviction tossed

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Associated Press

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 18 at 1:31 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A man whose murder conviction was overturned by the Oregon Supreme Court last fall returned to a Roseburg courtroom this week.

The court revised its standards for allowing eyewitness testimony when it ordered a new trial for Samuel Lawson, whose conviction was largely based on the account of a woman critically wounded in the attack that killed her husband at an Umpqua National Forest campground in 2003.

The court said detectives coaxed the woman into identifying Lawson as the man who shot her and her husband.

Prosecutor Rick Wesenberg says he will work under the new rules to have the woman's testimony heard at the new trial.

The News-Review (http://is.gd/uRfWyr) reports Lawson was in court for a hearing on a motion to bar a judge from presiding over the trial.

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Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com

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