- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals is allowing a man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder to withdraw his plea.

The court on Wednesday found that Montre Brown had ineffective counsel when he pleaded guilty in April 2013 to first-degree murder in the shooting death of 66-year-old William Zachary during what investigators said was a home invasion and burglary. Brown was sentenced to life in prison.

The court found that Brown’s defense attorney failed to thoroughly investigate Brown’s mental retardation and his limited intellectual functioning. The court ordered Tulsa County District Court to allow Brown to withdraw the guilty plea and to appoint an attorney to investigate Brown’s “full range of defenses” in the case.

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