Missouri Judge to Revisit Murder Conviction
OZARK (AP) - A judge is considering whether to overturn the murder conviction of a southwest Missouri woman for the second time.
Christian County Judge John Moody heard evidence Wednesday in a hearing for 43-year-old Paula Hill of Sparta. She was convicted in 2009 in the death of Oldfield resident Freda Heyn. Hill is serving a 20-year sentence.
Her attorney, Rita Sanders, argued that the conviction should be overturned because errors by the prosecutor violated Hill's due process rights. Prosecutors say the errors did not affect the outcome of the trial. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Moody had overturned Hill's conviction in June but vacated that decision in July. He allowed both sides to present evidence on Wednesday during a post-conviction hearing.