Criminal Justice

Judge reverses divorce lawyer's murder conviction in slaying of family member, says evidence lacking


A California divorce lawyer convicted last year of shooting to death his stepdaughter’s husband during a visit to Arizona in 2010 is getting a new trial.

In a ruling released Thursday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge found that Robert Fischer, 54, was convicted despite a lack of evidence connecting him to the gun with which Norman “Lee” Radder was slain at his home outside of Phoenix, the Associated Press reports.

“The absence of the defendant’s DNA and fingerprints on the gun means it is highly improbable that the defendant fired the gun,” Judge Karen Mullins wrote in her opinion.

County Attorney Bill Montgomery was stunned by the “very rare” reversal of a jury verdict and says he may appeal.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Divorce lawyer convicted in slaying of his stepdaughter’s husband”

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