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SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — An appeals court has ordered a new trial for a New York man convicted of hiring two men for a killing in Pennsylvania that authorities said was over money skimmed from a drug operation. reports that the Pennsylvania Superior Court panel ruled that the attorney representing 38-year-old Calvin Mallory Jr. failed to object when a prosecution witness testified that the defendant had been involved in other killings.

A Somerset county jury convicted the Brooklyn resident of first-degree murder in the August 2009 slaying of 29-year-old Bryant Adderly in the kitchen of a duplex near Bakersville, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh.

Senior Judge James J. Fitzgerald III said the testimony made Mallory “look like a hardened murderer.” He was sentenced to life plus two to 10 years.


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