BEAVER, Pennsylvania — An appeals court has ordered a new trial for a western Pennsylvania man convicted in the 2012 death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania in a 2-1 ruling Monday vacated the 2014 conviction of 30-year-old Marlin "Twin" Kelly of Pittsburgh in the shooting death of Conekeia Lynn "Coco" Finney and her unborn daughter at an Ambridge apartment.
Kelly was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life terms.
The appeals court said the trial judge accepted three jurors who should've been dismissed because of conflicts with the case. Defense attorneys argued that they had to use three of their peremptory challenges so the individuals wouldn't be selected and ran out of challenges for other jurors they would have dismissed.