Murder Retrial Scheduled for March

    The second murder trial for a Decatur man accused of a 2006 shooting will start March 1. Demetrice Phillips was in court this morning when the date for the bench trial was set.
    In 2008, a jury convicted Phillips of killing 19-year old Jeremiah Maclin. He was sentenced to 35-years in prison.
    Phillips appealed on the grounds certain testimony should have been inadmissible. Shaunessy Grimes testified at Phillips' trial, that he owned the murder weapon, but that when he handed the rifle to Phillips, Grimes expected Phillips to shoot into the air.
    Instead, Phillips fired toward Maclin. Grimes was convicted of first degree murder in 2007 and sentenced to 35-years in prison.

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