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Ky high court reverses conviction in arson, slaying case, orders new trial

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:34 AM EDT

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of taking part in the shooting death and burning of a man as part of a robbery.

The justices on Thursday overturned the conviction and 25-year prison sentence of 26-year-old Jonathan Young. Justice Mary Noble wrote for the court that jury instructions in Young's case were flawed because the panel had not been required to find that Young acted "with a required mental state."

Young was convicted in 2012 of taking part in the shooting death of 68-year-old Thomas Max Martin on Aug. 25, 2010 in Monroe County. A co-defendant, 25-year-old Jessie Parke, was sentenced in January to 30 years in prison.

Police say the pair shot Martin in the head and set his house on fire.


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