The state Supreme Court has reversed the murder and arson convictions of a man who was sentenced to life in prison for killing his grandmother-in-law.
A jury found 38-year-old Michael Amick guilty of the 2008 murder of Leona Vaughan at her daughter’s home in Myrtle, in southern Missouri, and the fire that destroyed the home after the murder. Vaughan had been shot six times in the head.
In that trial, the judge excused a juror for health reasons after the jury had already begun deliberations. That juror was replaced with an alternate juror that had already been excused and had gone home.
The Supreme Court ruled that is a violation of state law and ordered the case sent back to the lower court.