- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) - A southwestern Michigan man will get a new trial following his conviction in his half-brother’s slaying.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1aQOwZw ) Friday that the state appeals court said in an opinion that a lower court erred when it didn’t allow Antonio Lewis to represent himself.

A Van Buren County jury found Lewis guilty in 2013 of second-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Ivory Shaver III. Shaver’s body was found in a ditch in 2012. Police said they believed he was killed in November 2011.

Lewis was sentenced to 39 to 80 years in prison.

The 39-year-old Lewis appealed his conviction. Court documents show Lewis told the trial court he had previously defended himself in two separate cases and believed he could represent himself better than his attorney.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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