- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama state trooper has been granted bond while he awaits a new murder trial in his wife’s slaying 20 years ago.

Al.com reports (https://bit.ly/1H5RtTW ) a Mobile County judge ruled Thursday that defense attorneys for George Martin had overcome the presumption that capital murder defendants should remain jailed without bail.

A jury in 2000 convicted Martin of killing his wife, Hammolketh Martin, who was burned alive inside her car in October 1995. A circuit judge sentenced Martin to death.

Judge Robert Smith threw out the conviction in 2013 after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence favorable to the defense. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld that decision in December. Smith has scheduled a new trial for Martin to begin Jan. 4.

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