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The Delaware Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal against a former death row inmate by prosecutors.

They say a judge made a mistake in not allowing a videotaped confession by Jermaine Wright in the 1991 murder of liquor store clerk.

That confession had been the key piece of evidence that led to his death sentence but was suppressed by a judge earlier this year.

That decision allowed Wright to go free.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that at issue is whether he was read his Miranda rights and that he was on heroin.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A man who spent more than two decades on Delaware's death row is once again a free man.
 
Forty-one-year-old Jermaine Wright walked out of the maximum-security prison in Smyrna and into the arms of his mother Friday after a judge signed an order suppressing a confession that Wright gave to police following the 1991 killing of liquor store clerk Phillip Seifert.
 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors are moving forward with the case of a man whose conviction and death sentence for a 1991 slaying were tossed out by the state Supreme Court earlier this year.

The Supreme Court overturned Jermaine Wright's conviction and death sentence in May because prosecutors repeatedly withheld evidence that could have helped Wright's defense attorneys fight murder charges for the killing of Wilmington liquor store clerk Phillip Seifert.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has overturned the conviction and death sentence of a man who has spent more than two decades on Delaware's death row.

The justices ruled unanimously Monday that Jermaine Wright is entitled to a new trial because prosecutors repeatedly withheld potentially exculpatory evidence in his 1992 murder trial.

Wright was convicted of killing 65-year-old Phillip Seifert, a clerk at the Hi-Way Inn liquor store and bar outside Wilmington, in 1991.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court is weighing another appeal by a man sentenced to death for a 1991 liquor store killing.

The justices heard arguments Wednesday in the case of Jermaine Wright, who was convicted of killing 65-year-old Phillip Seifert, a clerk at the Hi-Way Inn liquor store and bar outside Wilmington.

The Supreme Court last year overturned a Superior Court judge's 2012 ruling tossing out Wright's conviction and death sentence.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge who overturned the conviction of former death-row inmate Jermaine Wright says Wright's trial attorney never knew about an attempted robbery that may have helped his defense case.

Wednesday's ruling came in response to the state Supreme Court's request for more information before deciding whether to reinstate Wright's conviction and death sentence.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The attorney general's office is asking the Delaware Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling throwing out the conviction of a man sentenced to death for killing a Wilmington liquor store clerk in 1991.

Prosecutors argued Thursday that the judge erred in ruling that Jermaine Wright's confession to police was defective because he had not been properly advised of his rights against self-incrimination and to have an attorney appointed to represent him.

 

      WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has set bail at $200,000 cash for a former death row inmate accused of killing a liquor store clerk during a 1991 robbery.

     In setting the bail for 39-year-old Jermaine Wright on Monday, Judge John Parkins rejected arguments by prosecutors that he did not have jurisdiction to do so. Parkins agreed to stay his ruling for two days to allow the state to appeal.