Convicted killer gets new hearing with handwritten letter

Man convicted in 2010 murder granted evidentiary hearing

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A convicted killer’s handwritten motion for a new trial has convinced the 1st District Court of Appeals to at least grant him an evidentiary hearing.

Andrew King, now 31, was convicted in the June 2010 murder of his ex-girlfriend, 23-year-old Felicia Burney, and her unborn child in an Arlington home.

That conviction came at his third trial. The first two ended with hung juries.

In September 2013, King was sentenced to life in prison.

Felicia Burney

Burney (pictured, left), a mother of three young children, was eight months pregnant when King stabbed her in the neck and chest with a knife.

King was on probation at the time on a conviction for kicking down a door of an ex-girlfriend's home.

King said his lawyer provided ineffective counsel during the trial that ended in his conviction, and claimed the indictment that was brought against him was the result of false testimony.

A status conference is scheduled for Aug. 28. King will have a new lawyer at that time.

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