- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has thrown out the murder conviction of a man tried twice for murder, saying his ultimate conviction during the second trial violated his double jeopardy protections.

The court, in a unanimous decision Thursday, sent the case of Mathew Moi back to King County Superior Court.

Moi, now 30, was first tried in 2006 for the 2004 murder of Keith McGowan and for unlawful possession of the gun that killed him.

A judge declared a mistrial on the murder charge after the jury could not reach a verdict. The trial judge later acquitted Moi of the unlawful possession charge. The following year, King County prosecutors tried Moi again for murder, and a jury convicted him.

A spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office says they are reviewing the opinion and considering their options, including possibly filing a motion for reconsideration.

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