The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday (2002-02-26) reversed the death sentences but upheld the murder convictions of a man involved in a 1996 home robbery and shooting in Jefferson County.

The state’s highest court ruled that Carman Deck’s convictions for the murders of James and Zelma Long will stand but overturned two death sentences because of ineffective assistance from his attorney.

Deck’s attorney failed to note problems involving missing jury instructions during the death penalty phase of the case,” the court said.

Source: Associated Press

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