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Hate crime conviction of Dwight DeLee to be revisited by NY Court of Appeals

DeLee's conviction in the death of Lateisha Green dismissed after the jury returned inconsistent verdicts.


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he New York Court of Appeals will consider an appeal in the case that sent a convicted killer free earlier this year.



Dwight DeLee was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime in 2009 for killing Lateisha Green, a 22-year-old transgender woman. This summer, the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court dismissed the charge, ruling the jury's verdict was flawed.



Though DeLee was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime, he was not found guilty of a simpler charge of manslaughter, which officials called a mistake. Justices said the jurors should have been sent back to deliberations after finding inconsistent verdicts.



Now, the state high court has announced that it will revisit the case.


"I was outraged that our daughter's killer was released from prison on a technicality," said Roxanne Green,

Lateisha

Green

's mother, in a statement to CNYcentral

. "Now I feel some relief that New York's highest court will review this case. I want justice for Teish."

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