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Salina man seeks new trial in deaths of 2 men

November 24, 2010

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— A man convicted of killing two men in Salina will be allowed to present evidence of juror misconduct in his trial.

A Saline County judge on Monday scheduled a Dec. 16 hearing on Willie J. Parker motion for a new trial.

Parker was convicted Oct. 29 of first-degree murder in the June 13, 2009, death of 24-year-old Alfred "Al" Mack Jr., and second-degree murder for the June 19, 2009, shooting of 22-year-old Justin Letourneau.

Parker's attorney, Julie Effenbeck says a juror was dismissed from the first jury after another juror wrote a note to the judge saying the juror couldn't understand instructions. The Salina Journal reports that the dismissed juror wrote in a letter that he was the only juror who believed Parker was not guilty of most charges.

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