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Appeals court orders new trial for W.Va. doctor who sought husband's testimony
Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:58 AM EDT
A West Virginia doctor convicted of conspiracy and obstruction is getting a new trial.
Barton Adams had been deemed mentally incompetent to assist in his own defense. The judge in Josephine Adams' case relied on a five-month-old mental health report in determining that Barton Adams was incompetent to testify for his wife. The appeals court said last week that the judge should have postponed the trial and asked for an updated status.
Barton Adams later pleaded guilty and was given a 50-month sentence.