- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s top court has ordered a new hearing for a convicted murderer who wants a new trial.

Fedner Pierre-Louis contends his attorney mishandled his trial by failing to adequately investigate his case and not pursuing a defense that claimed he had an alibi.

The Star-Ledger () reports a state Superior Court judge initially granted a new trial, but later reversed himself. An appellate judge also rejected the request for a new trial.

But in a unanimous ruling issued Monday, the state Supreme Court said the lower courts didn’t have enough information when they considered the case.

Pierre-Louis was convicted of felony murder and other charges in the March 2002 shooting death of Jeffrey Perchick, a 55-year-old oncologist from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. who was killed outside a hotel in Elizabeth.

He’s now serving a 45-year sentence.

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Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, https://www.nj.com

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