Ark. court reopens death row case for Karl Roberts, accused of killing niece

    10:30 AM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
    Karl Roberts was convicted of killing his niece Andria Brewer in 1999. (Photo: Arkansas Dept. of Correction)
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court says the case of a death row inmate convicted of killing his 12-year-old niece ought to be reopened.

    The high court on Thursday granted Karl Roberts' request to reopen his case.

    Roberts was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1999 slaying of 12-year-old Andria Nichole Brewer in Hatfield.

    He initially waived his rights to appeal, but changed his mind hours before he was to be put to death during a planned double execution in 2004.

    The high court said Thursday it previously failed to ensure that Roberts was competent to waive his rights to appeal.

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