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Jun 21, 2013 9:02 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

Appeals court overturns conviction in murder case

An appeals court has ruled there was not enough evidence to support the 2011 murder conviction of a man found guilty of ordering a hit.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeal issued a ruling Wednesday, which calls for the mandatory life sentence imposed upon 410year-old Samuel Mack Jr. to be vacated.
An Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office spokesman said prosecutors would seek a review of the decision from the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Mack had been convicted in the July 10, 2008, fatal shooting of 33-year-old Mark Westbrook, which occurred around the corner from Lucky's bar. According to the prosecution, prior to his slaying, Westbrook had been arguing with a man named Roderick McKinney, Mack's friend.
Mack attempted to intervene, but Westbrook told him to butt out.


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