Inmate appeals court for a new sentence

Posted: February 1, 2013 at 2:25 a.m.

A Polk County man convicted of kidnapping and murdering his 12-year-old niece in 1999 should be resentenced because the original jury was improperly influenced by vivid testimony from the girl’s family members, his attorney told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday.

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