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Man Convicted of 2002 Slaying to Get New Trial

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

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RALEIGH, N.C. — 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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