- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state appeals court is ordering a new hearing for a death row inmate convicted of killing an 8-year-old girl and her parents more than a decade ago.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ordered an Etowah County judge Friday to consider claims by Michael Wayne Reynolds that prosecutors wrongly hid a deal with a key witness during his trial.

Evidence showed Charles Martin III, his wife Melinda and their daughter Savannah were stabbed to death in their home on May 25, 2003.

Reynolds was convicted partly on the testimony of then-girlfriend Marcie West, who told jurors she witnessed Reynolds stabbing the woman.

Reynolds contends prosecutors had a secret deal with West, who was separately facing drugs charges.

The court says a circuit judge must hear evidence about Reynolds’ claims.

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