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Retrial for convicted killer pushed back again

Frederick Wade's attorney cited faulty jury instructions in successful appeal

Fredrick Wade enters courtroom for hearing.
Fredrick Wade enters courtroom for hearing.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the fourth time since his second-degree murder conviction was overturned, Frederick Wade's retrial in the shooting death of Kalil McCloy has been rescheduled.

Wade was sentenced to 25-years to live in prison after his conviction in the shooting death of McCoy, a 20-year-old former Jackson High School classmate. In February 2015, the 1st District Court of Appeal cited faulty jury instructions in his first trial and ordered Wade retried.

Since then, Wade’s lawyers unsuccessfully tried to have his confession thrown out and prosecutors and defense attorneys have tried to work out a plea deal.

The latest date set for the retrial is March 20.

According to police, Wade and three friends were with McCoy in Wade's SUV when there was an argument. Wade was accused of pulling out a handgun and pointing it in McCoy's direction. Wade claimed that as he was pulling the gun out, it discharged, hitting McCoy in the head. 

Prosecutors said the four men dumped McCoy's body in a field. The other three in the car pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and were sentenced to prison.