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Two convicted men get new trials


A Decatur family seeking justice is hit with an obstacle today. A state appellate court has ordered new trials for two men convicted in the 2009 stomping death of 61-year-old veteran, Jerry Newingham. Newingham's son, Jason, is shocked by the court's decision. He just wants his dad to rest in peace.

"It kind of made us disappointed and upset and stressed," said Newingham. But all I can do is continue to pray that it's going to get better. And it will."

Both men were sentenced to long prison terms but, today, the court ruled 20-year-old Elliott Murphy gets a new trial because of a conflict of interest involving his lawyer. Nineteen year old Deonta Johnson's case is pending review by the Illinois Supreme Court.

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