- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For the second time in two years, a federal appeals court has ordered a new trial or the release from prison of a man convicted of killing a Sacramento minister and renowned gay rights activist in 1999.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1v43Qab ) the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that police detectives wrongfully ignored Tio Dinero Sessoms’ request for a lawyer.

Just as it did in 2012, the appellate court sent the case back to U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez with directions that he order the state to release Sessoms unless the district attorney in Sacramento wants to retry him.

Sessoms confessed to participating with two others in the robbing and killing of Edward R. Sherriff. A jury convicted him of first-degree murder and he was sentenced to life without parole.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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