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Juror’s omission gets West new trial

Pierre West enters court in May 2009 to face charges of first-degree kidnapping, rape and assault for attacks on prostitutes that date to 2005.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Pierre West enters court in May 2009 to face charges of first-degree kidnapping, rape and assault for attacks on prostitutes that date to 2005. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

A judge has overturned a conviction that would have put a registered sex offender in prison for life.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price on Thursday ordered a new trial after a juror acknowledged she knew the defendant, Pierre D. West, prior to his May trial but claimed otherwise during jury selection.

Read Thomas Clouse's story here.

Read past coverage of the case here.



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