Overturned conviction to be challenged

A state Supreme Court ruling tossing out the 1999 murder conviction of a Bridgeport drug dealer will be challenged. State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict says he'll file a challenge to Monday's ruling that overturned a murder conviction against Russell Peeler Junior.The ruling grants a new trial for Peeler in the murder of his former drug dealing partner, Rudolf Snead Junior. Peeler remains in prison for plotting the murders of an 8-year-old witness B.J. Brown Jr. and the boy's mother, Karen Clarke. That life sentence, without parole, is not part of the overturned conviction. The court ruled in a 4-to-1 decision Monday that the trial court improperly disqualified Peeler's lawyer from the case, violating his constitutional right to a lawyer of his choice.

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