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Man tried 6 times for murder seeks bail, end to charges

A Mississippi man who’s been tried six times for murder wants a judge to free him on bail and throw out the charges.

Rob McDuff, a lawyer for Curtis Flowers, filed the motions Thursday in state court.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Flowers’ conviction in June, finding racial bias in jury selection. Prosecutors say Flowers killed four people in a Winona furniture store in 1996. He was sentenced to death in 2010’s sixth trial.

McDuff argues Mississippi law requires bail after two capital murder mistrials. Flowers’ fourth and fifth trials ended in mistrials after hung juries. McDuff also argues other grounds for bail.

He urges the judge to reject a seventh trial and quash the charges, citing prosecutorial misconduct and arguing there should be a limit to trials for Flowers.

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