Decision means freedom to end for convicted killer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Detroit convicted killer whose release went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to resume his life prison sentence.

A federal appeals court on Monday overturned a decision that had granted Dwayne Ballinger Jr. a new trial. He was convicted of killing two men with an AK-47 in 2006 but claimed his attorney did a poor job defending him at trial.

Ballinger's case was controversial because federal Judge Arthur Tarnow released him on bond last summer, despite protests from the attorney general's office that Ballinger was searching the streets for his rivals. He denied it and apparently has stayed out of trouble.

The U.S. Supreme Court even got involved, voting 5-4 to affirm Tarnow's decision to grant bond.


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