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Aug 31, 2012 12:08 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Colorado appeals court overturns murder conviction

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Court of Appeals has overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a man in the death of his 23-month-old stepson.

The appeals court ruled Thursday that jurors were given improper instructions before they returned a guilty verdict against 24-year-old Brandon Moore in 2008. The appeals court ordered a new trial.

Moore was accused of causing the 2007 death of Logan Accord of Clifton.

Public defender Steve Colvin told jurors Moore was having a panic attack when he repeatedly hit the boy.

Moore was sentenced to life in prison on the murder charge, and a concurrent 48-year sentence on a separate child abuse charge that the court ruled still stands.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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