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Death Sentence Overturned On Race Challenge

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has overturned the death penalty conviction of a 65-year-old man found guilty in 2010 of raping and bludgeoning a woman to death with a hammer in 1985.

The high court ruled that a Clark County District Court judge should not have allowed prosecutors to dismiss a black prospective juror during jury selection for Charles Reese Conner’s trial in the slaying of 23-year-old Nellis Air Force Base service member Beth Lynn Jardine.

It will be up to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson to decide whether to seek a new trial or a plea deal

Jardine was an airman second class whose nude body was found in her northeast Las Vegas apartment.

Conner was linked to the slaying through DNA.

He was arrested in 2007 in Arkansas.

 

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