The Pennsylvania Superior Court says jurors who convicted 41-year-old Guy Sileo Jr. didn't get instructions they needed before deliberating. The court vacated Sileo's life sentence Thursday and ordered a new trial.
Montgomery County prosecutors could appeal to the state Supreme Court.
Sileo was convicted of the Dec. 26, 1996, shooting death of James Webb, the restaurant's chef. The men were partners in the General Wayne Inn. The Colonial-era inn was built in Lower Merion, just outside Philadelphia, in 1704.
Prosecutors claimed Sileo murdered Webb to collect a $650,000 insurance policy because their restaurant was failing.
Information from: The Reporter, http://www.thereporteronline.com