- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned a key decision in the case of a Lapeer County man who claims a biased juror spoiled his right to a fair trial in the death of his wife.

David Balfour, now 78, is serving a no-parole sentence for killing his wife in 1999. Beverly Balfour’s body was discovered in bed after a fire at their farmhouse.

Balfour claims a juror was biased because she didn’t disclose that she personally knew some prosecutors. But in a 3-0 decision, an appeals court says a Lapeer County judge in 2013 sufficiently explored the issue and found there was no bias.

The decision is a victory for prosecutors. A Detroit federal judge had overturned Balfour’s conviction, saying the court hearing about juror bias was inadequate.


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