Convicted Arizona murderer at center of landmark death penalty decision wants new trial

A convicted murderer whose death penalty was reduced to life in prison as a result of a landmark court decision is asking for a new trial.

Timothy Ring was at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2002 that overturned his death sentence and concluded that juries, not judges, should decide whether there are circumstances that compel a murderer to be sentenced to death.

He was convicted in the 1994 murder of an armored-car driver during a robbery at a Phoenix mall.

Ring is asking for a new trial under a claim that his original legal defense was ineffective.

A judge will decide whether he gets a new trial.

If a new jury finds him not guilty, Ring could walk free.

If found guilty, he could end up back on death row.


Information from: The Arizona Republic,