Man convicted in 1995 slaying gets new trial

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Supreme Court has granted a new trial to a man convicted in a brutal Memphis stabbing death, saying an error flawed the trial.

Alfred Turner was convicted in 2007 in the killing a dozen years earlier of Emily Klyce Fisher.

The 52-year-old victim was stabbed more than 50 times in February 1995 in her home. A co-defendant who was convicted as an accessory said Fisher's son owed a $20 drug debt, but wasn't home.

The high court said the trial judge erred in allowing jurors to hear that two men who Turner claimed were the assailants had been acquitted in an earlier trial, according to The Commercial Appeal.

The court ruling announced Wednesday sustains an earlier appeals court ruling.

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