Judge rejects Pa. man’s request for new trial

READING, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania judge has rejected a new trial request from a man convicted in the shooting death of his wife.

Berks County Judge Jeffrey Sprecher denied the request on Monday to overturn the conviction and life sentence of 54-year-old William Landis Jr. for the October 2009 slaying of his wife, Sharon, in their Spring Township home.

The Reading Eagle (http://bit.ly/1b0evX9) reports Landis’ new lawyer claims that his client’s previous attorneys acted improperly by convincing Landis not to testify at trial. He plans to appeal the county judge’s order.

Landis was found guilty in April of killing his wife and sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors said Landis fired three shots after the two argued. An eight-hour standoff ensued. Defense attorneys said the shots were fired accidentally during a struggle.

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Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/

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