- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Supreme Court will consider whether a man convicted in the 1973 murder of a state trooper should be released from prison.

The court said Tuesday that it would consider the case of Sundiata Acoli, who was known as Clark Square when he was involved in the 1973 slaying of trooper Werner Foerster during a stop on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Another person convicted in the case was Joanne Chesimard, who escaped from prison and fled to Cuba, where she’s still living under the name Assata Shakur.

A two-member panel of the state parole board denied Acoli’s parole in 2011, but an appeals court reversed the ruling last year and ordered Acoli released.

The 77-year-old will remain in prison while the appeal is decided.

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