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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Ind. Decisions - U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Ward case [Updated]

A brief story on the 14 WFIE (Evansville) site this morning:

The US Supreme Court refuses to hear the case of Roy Lee Ward. This means Ward will receive a new trial in the death of Dale, Indiana teen, Stacy Payne.

The Indiana Supreme Court overturned Ward's conviction and death sentence earlier this year, because of alleged jury bias. Prosecutors then asked for the US Supreme Court to hear the matter.

Ward's accused of the 2001 rape and murder of Stacey Payne. There's no word yet on when Ward will be retried. But prosecutors say it will likely happen early next year.

Here is the ILB case summary from 6/30/04 (second case). Here is press coverage of the decision, from 7/2/04.

[Updated 10/5/05] Today's Louisville Courier Journal has a longer story about the cert denial by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 4, 2005 05:48 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions