The Missouri Supreme Court has turned down a request for a new trial for convicted murderer Michael Tisius. Tisius was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for the June, 2000, shooting deaths of two Randolph County jail officers during a failed attempt to free an inmate. Tisius was sentenced to death. He then claimed both prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective counsel. A lower court granted a new penalty phase trial, but rejected the request for a new guilt phase trial. The State Supreme Court has now unanimously upheld that ruling.

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Michael Tisius v. State of Missouri