No new trial for man convicted of murder
A circuit judge ordered a new trial for a Milton man who appealed his 1999 double-murder conviction after a juror revealed that she was indirectly connected to the case. On Friday, the West Virginia Supreme Court overturned that decision and ruled that Michael E. Brown had a fair trial. Prosecutors argued that Brown walked into a home in Salt Rock and shot and killed two people in order to steal drugs in 1997. A juror failed to disclose her son had been indicted on criminal charges and was scheduled to stand trial in front of the same judge Brown was assigned.