|Published:||May 09, 2013 11:22 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 09, 2013 11:22 AM EDT|
MIAMI (AP) - A teen convicted of an attack on an off-duty Miami-Dade police officer will get a new trial.
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/145QwEf ) reports that in court documents filed Wednesday, prosecutors agreed that 19-year-old Willie Barney should be tried again because the judge should have allowed his defense attorney to dismiss a prospective juror during jury selection.
Instead, the juror was eventually selected and helped convict Barney in the September attack on Officer Wislyn Joseph outside a church. The officer survived a point blank shot to the chest.
Barney had faced up to life in prison during a sentencing hearing next week.
Barney's attorney originally agreed to the juror. But while mulling over potential jurors the next day, asked to strike the juror. The judge refused and prosecutors originally agreed.
Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com
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