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Murder conviction based on jailhouse informant overturned

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says an Iowa City man convicted in the 2009 shooting death of an apartment complex landlord must get a new trial because authorities relied on the testimony of a jailhouse informant working with police.

A split 4-3 court says Justin Marshall's Sixth Amendment right to an attorney was violated.

The case upholds court precedent that jailhouse informants violate a defendant's rights when the informant is working on behalf of police or prosecutors to specifically elicit information about a crime.

In Marshall's case an informant, Antonio Martin who was convicted on drug and firearms charges, convinced Marshall to write down details in which Marshall admitted to shooting the landlord but indicated it was an accident.

The court ordered a new trial excluding Martin's testimony.

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