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Arizona judge overturns verdict against California lawyer

PHOENIX -- A judge in Phoenix has ordered a new trial for a California lawyer accused of killing his stepdaughter's husband, ruling that evidence didn't support a jury's guilty verdict against the man.

Judge Karen Mullins of Maricopa County Superior Court issued the ruling Wednesday in the case of 54-year-old Robert Fischer of Irvine.

A jury in December convicted Fischer of second-degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of 49-year-old Norman "Lee" Radder at his family's Queen Creek home.

Fischer was visiting his stepdaughter's family when Radder died of a single shot into his right eye after an evening of drinking. Authorities contended that Radder's death was staged as a suicide.

However, Mullins ruled there was no evidence that Fischer pulled the trigger.

A prosecutor said he may appeal Mullins' ruling.

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