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Man Convicted of 2002 Slaying to Get New Trial

Posted February 6, 2007

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— The state Court of Appeals ruled a man convicted of killing a Raleigh public utilities worker during a robbery will get a new trial.

Louis McLean was convicted of killing Robert Saiz during a late night robbery in 2002. McLean received a life sentence, but the state Court of Appeals decided inappropriate comments made by Judge Evelyn Hill were enough to warrant a new trial.

Hill resigned last year after being censured twice for her conduct on the bench.

McLean's nephew, Dwight, was also convicted of the murder in 2004 and sentenced to life in prison.
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  • georgewilson11 Feb 8, 2007

    And hopefully to Judge Orlando Hudson also !

  • georgewilson11 Feb 8, 2007

    Isn't this what is going to happen to Mike Nifong ?

  • What The Deuce Feb 6, 2007

    I was a juror in a trial where she was the judge back in 2004. I had never met her or heard of her, but 20 minutes into the jury selection and I knew something was wrong with this woman. After we were seated as jurors she proceeded to tell us her lives history for close to 30 minutes going into detail about her family and her handicapped daughter, I mean personal stuff that should never have been discussed in a criminal trial. I swear to you that she was surfing the internet for half the trial (or at least playing on the computer) . I found myself watching her way more than I should. A few times I can honestly say she was actively trying to provoke the prosecution into an argument. Heck she even cut and pasted the jury instructions together on her laptop and got them wrong (actually I think it was the definitions of the particular crime in question). She made no bones about it 'That was her court room and you were her guest and you better know your place'! I could go on for hours

  • jasttn Feb 6, 2007

    That's right and maybe Ms. Hill should have to pay the tax payers of NC back the cost of the new trail, for making those comments repeatedly. I don't know if she gets any kind of pension or retirement from the state from her judgeship, but if so, it should be returned or cut-out.

  • raleighpc Feb 6, 2007

    Gee Thanks, Ev....at least she's off the bench. Thanks to her arrogance, the victims family will have to go through another trial. Why is it that it takes so long to get incompetent judges off the bench? She was constantly making the news for inappropriate actions/comments, but she stayed right there.......in the real world, she would have been given her pink slip way before she got it.