Sean Fincham was convicted of his grandfather's death in 2011. (Photo: Arkansas Department of Correction)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a North Little Rock man convicted of first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his grandfather.
Justices on Thursday reversed Sean Fincham's conviction in the 2011 death of his grandfather, Dennie Gregory. Justices ruled that the Pulaski County Court that heard Fincham's case didn't properly instruct jurors on how to consider a lesser manslaughter charge.
Fincham, who was sentenced to life in prison, told jurors last year that his grandfather sexually abused him as a child and that he believed Gregory was doing the same thing to other family members. He said he took a hammer away from his grandfather when the two were arguing and hit him with it.
Prosecutors said Fincham used pliers to mutilate the body.
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