Judge Sets Date for Jerel Garner's Murder Retrial

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A new trial date has been set for the man whose conviction for killing a former Marshall University football player was overturned by the W.Va. Supreme Court.

In October, the Court ruled that Jerel Garner's Sixth Amendment right of confrontation was denied in his 2010 trial and that he should get a new trial.

In March 2010, a jury convicted Garner of voluntary manslaughter, wanton endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon in connection with the shooting death of Donte Newsome outside a Huntington nightclub in 2008. He was later sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in prison for the shooting.

Friday during a hearing Cabell County Circuit Court, Garner's new trial for March 25.

Judge Alfred Ferguson also set Garner's bond at $20,000 with the condition of home confinement if he is able to post it. Garner will have to qualify for home confinement.

After Garner's conviction he appealed his conviction. In April 2011, the West Virginia Supreme Court issued an order granting Garner post-conviction bail pending the appeal. That meant Garner would return to the conditions he was under prior to his trial, which was home confinement. A few months later, Garner was returned to jail after twice violating the conditions of his home confinement.

Click the link to the right to read more about Jerel Garner's case.

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