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PENSACOLA, Fla. — Calling the case of two teenage brothers convicted in the fatal bludgeoning of their father "unusual and bizarre," a judge tossed out the convictions and ordered prosecutors and defense attorneys to try to resolve the case in mediation.

Circuit Judge Frank Bell said Thursday the boys' rights were violated in part by the way prosecutors simultaneously presented two contradictory theories of the crime.

Prosecutors won the conviction of Alex, 13, and Derek King, 14, last month by arguing that Derek swung the aluminum baseball bat that killed their father. In a trial that ended a week earlier, the prosecution's star witnesses — Alex and Derek — testified an adult friend committed the crime.

The judge said he will order a new trial for the boys, and in the meantime will appoint a mediator who will try to work out a deal.

"I don't think there's a doubt in anybody's mind the jury was confused by the dual prosection," said Alex's lawyer, James Stokes. "Hopefully, we'll be able to resolve the issue in mediation."

Sharon Potter, one of Derek's lawyers, wasn't so sure.

"I would be a little surprised if we were able to mediate an agreement because the state attorney has drawn a really hard line up until now," Potter said. "So it would take a major shift in their position to actually come with something to the mediation table that was acceptable."

The brothers were facing prison terms of 20 years to life because they were tried as adults. They were convicted of second-degree murder without a weapon, as well as arson, for setting the house on fire to cover the crime.

"We're all ecstatic," said Linda Walker, the boys' maternal grandmother. "I saw Derek smile. I think they're happy about it. Now they know they've got hope."

The brothers' lawyers argued that Assistant State Attorney David Rimmer committed prosecutorial misconduct for pursuing the contradictory theories.

The boys' adult friend, convicted child molester Ricky Chavis, was acquitted, but the verdict was sealed until the boys' trial was over.

Jurors in the boys' trial said they believed Chavis was the real killer and that the brothers had only helped him commit the crime.

Rimmer defended his handling of the two trials. He said he never actually argued Chavis was the killer, and instead left it to jurors to decide.

Christopher Slobogin, a law professor at the University of Florida, said the judge made the right decision. He said the judge recognized a need to rectify an appearance of injustice, if not actual injustice, in the way prosecutors pursued conflicting cases.

"To many people, that smacked of risking inconsistent verdicts and allowing convictions when in fact there really wasn't proof beyond a reasonable doubt of guilt," the professor said.

Alex was 12 and Derek 13 last November when their father was killed in nearby Cantonment. Terry King, 40, was clubbed in the head with an aluminum baseball bat as he dozed in a recliner.

Prosecutors said the boys did it because their father was too controlling and they wanted to live with Chavis, who let them smoke marijuana and stay up late watching television.

These two little fuckers should rott in hell.... cock suckers! :mad:

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Originally posted by sassa

They definitely need psychological help. Throw them in jail though? Why? To create more fucked up people that I have to spend my tax dollars to support in jail? No.

You wouldnt want your tax money supporting the encaceration of these two pricks right? but you dont mind it being spend on the encaceration of poor lil' Noelle Bush :love::love:

Maybe you are right they shouldnt go to jail, I say they should fry these cock suckers. Fuck the counseling. But then again Im sure some inmates might disagree with me. After all they might luv to have them two little boys as their bitch!

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Originally posted by dnice35

You wouldnt want your tax money supporting the encaceration of these two pricks right? but you dont mind it being spend on the encaceration of poor lil' Noelle Bush :love::love:

Maybe you are right they shouldnt go to jail, I say they should fry these cock suckers. Fuck the counseling. But then again Im sure some inmates might disagree with me. After all they might luv to have them two little boys as their bitch!

Ah, the mind of an American....:)

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