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Fairfield man convicted of murder wins jury bias appeal

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IOWA CITY (AP) -

A court says an Iowa man convicted of murder in his friend's shooting death will get a new trial because a juror showed bias towards the victim's family.

The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the second-degree murder conviction of Tyler Webster was tainted by the juror's friendly relationship with the victim's family.

The juror told the victim's mother on Facebook after the trial that she had wanted to give the family a first-degree murder conviction.

Webster, formerly of Fairfield, shot 32-year-old Buddy Frisbie twice in the head in a camper after a night of partying on Aug. 25, 2012.

Webster claimed that he shot Frisbie to stop him from raping Frisbie's girlfriend. She testified that she wasn't being sexually assaulted.

Webster had been serving a 50-year prison term.

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