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Arizona judge overturns verdict against California lawyer

PHOENIX — A judge in Phoenix has ordered a new trial for a California
lawyer accused of killing his stepdaughter’s husband, ruling that evidence
didn’t support a jury’s guilty verdict against the man.

Judge Karen Mullins of Maricopa County Superior Court issued the ruling
Wednesday in the case of 54-year-old Robert Fischer of Irvine.

A jury in December convicted Fischer of second-degree murder in the 2010
shooting death of 49-year-old Norman “Lee” Radder at his family’s Queen Creek

Fischer was visiting his stepdaughter’s family when Radder died of a single
shot into his right eye after an evening of drinking. Authorities contended
that Radder’s death was staged as a suicide.

However, Mullins ruled there was no evidence that Fischer pulled the trigger.

A prosecutor said he may appeal Mullins’ ruling.


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