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Shocking twist in 36-year-old French murder case

One of France's longest-running murder cases saw a shocking twist on Monday as the son of defendant Maurice Agnelet accused his father of murdering a wealthy heiress in 1977. Agnelet, 76, is on trial for the killing of Agnes Le Roux, the heiress to a Riviera casino fortune, 36 years after she disappeared without a trace. Agnelet, a former lawyer, was initially acquitted of the murder but convicted on appeal in 2007 to serve 20 years -- a verdict that was eventually overturned by the European Court of Human Rights.

US judge frees woman pending retrial over son's death

A German-born woman was freed from jail Friday after more than two decades behind bars for the murder of her 4-year-old son, after a judge ordered a retrial, a police spokesman said. Debra Milke, 49, was freed on $250,000 bail pending the retrial, scheduled after a court in Arizona threw out her death sentence earlier in the year, spokesman Chris Hegstrom told AFP. Milke, daughter of a German mother and US father, was convicted in 1990 for allegedly arranging the killing of her young son Christopher with two accomplices.

Fallen British minister's ex-wife faces retrial

The jury in the trial of disgraced British energy minister Chris Huhne's ex-wife was discharged Wednesday after failing to reach a verdict over the circumstances in which she took his speeding points. The jury of eight women and four men was discharged at Southwark Crown Court in London after telling trial judge Nigel Sweeney it was "highly unlikely" that even a majority verdict would be reached.
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