- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - An appeals court has reversed the murder conviction of a South Texas man and ordered a new trial.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (https://bit.ly/1HwNsaD ) reports that Jose Angel Macias Jr. of Corpus Christi had claimed self-defense in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Casimiro Adan Guerra III that occurred during a 2012 drug deal.

Twenty-one-year-old Macias was sentenced in 2013 to 50 years in prison.

Justices of the 13th Court of Appeals decided Macias deserved a new trial, because instructions to the jury weren’t clear that they also could have considered self-defense claim for him.

District Attorney Mark Skurka said prosecutors plan to challenge the ruling. The District Attorney’s Office has until Friday to file a motion with the appeals court for another hearing to reconsider its decision.

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, https://www.caller.com


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