Appeals court overturns Slocum conviction

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Supreme Court has overturned the 2012 conviction of Matthew Slocum.

Slocum was convicted of killing his mother, stepfather, and brother in July of 2011 before setting the White Creek home they lived in on fire.

In a ruling released on Thursday, the judges say that Slocum was denied the right to counsel during his initial questioning.

Slocum was already being represented by a Washington County Public Defender at the time of the fire.

Originally sentenced to 101 years to life, Slocum now faces a re-trial.

Due to a conflict of interest within the Washington County DA’s office, a special prosecutor will need to be appointed to handle the case.

Albany County DA David Soares handled the appeal, it is unclear at this time who will handle the re-trial.

 

 

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