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State high court reverses murder convictions

POSTED: March 2, 2010 8:48 a.m.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed the murder convictions and life sentences of two men convicted in the 2007 killing a DeKalb County man.

Steven Manley and Robert Allen were found guilty in the shooting death of Emmett "Black" Whatley. Prosecutors said the pair and a third man, Cody Allen-Brown, planned to rob Whatley and shot him on Feb. 9, 2007.

In the opinion published Monday, the court reversed the murder convictions for Manley and Allen, citing several errors by the trial court.

The decision overturned a 2003 decision that they said could be interpreted to mean "a witness may never be cross-examined regarding eligibility for parole in order to show bias in favor of the state."

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