Flint man faces 3rd trial in strangulation death of sister of Genesee County sheriff's deputy

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FLINT, Michigan — A Flint man is facing a third trial in the 2011 strangulation death the sister of a Genesee County sheriff's deputy.

The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1BlNmAg ) jury selection is Wednesday for the trial of Lorenzo Relerford Jr. in the death of 47-year-old Jeanne Hank of Grand Blanc.

Jurors convicted Relerford in 2012 of first-degree felony murder and a judge sentenced him to the mandatory term of life in prison without parole. The Michigan appeals court in 2013 court threw out the conviction, saying his rights were violated when the jury saw his leg shackles.

Prosecutors have said there was plenty of evidence even if jurors formed a bad opinion of Relerford based on the shackles.

A second trial ended last year in a mistrial after jurors couldn't reach a verdict.


Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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