Camden murder conviction overturned

May 15, 2009 8:16:41 AM PDT
A Camden man convicted of shooting a drug dealer to death has been granted a new trial. Lance Bean has been serving a 45-year sentence after he was convicted of killing Donald Sanders in 2003. But a state appeals court on Friday overturned the verdict because a juror was removed during deliberations.

The juror had questioned some of the prosecution's witnesses and lied to other jurors that he had visited the crime scene.

The appeals court wrote that the trial judge should have declared a mistrial rather than substitute an alternate and continue deliberations.

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