TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Supreme Court is throwing out a murder conviction after ruling a jury got confusing instructions.
The court ruled 4-3 on Thursday that Aaron Daniels of St. Petersburg deserves a new trial. Daniels was convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder.
The divided court decided that the Pinellas County jury did not get clear instructions on what is needed to convict someone of manslaughter.
Daniels was arrested after he shot into a crowd and killed a bystander Amanda Fanter. Daniels had been previously arguing with a man who was involved with his former girlfriend. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Justice Charles Canady and two other justices dissented in the ruling and said that the while the jury instructions were incorrect it did not warrant overturning the conviction.
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