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Teen convicted in dad’s death wants new trial

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A Neenah teen convicted of strangling his father wants a new trial, saying his previous lawyer was ineffective.

An attorney for 19-year-old Zachary B. Reid filed a brief with an appeals court last week. The brief says Reid’s previous attorney failed to uncover that Reid was on drugs and alcohol at the time of the 2009 killing.

The Post-Crescent of Appleton says intoxication is a valid defense against a homicide charge.

A judge already denied Reid a new trial, noting that Reid testified he was “completely sober” at the time. Reid is appealing that decision. He said his judgment was clouded with a possible prison sentence looming.

The teen had said the chokehold was in self-defense after his drunken father came at him with knives.

A jury convicted Reid in October 2009. He’s serving 40 years.

Information from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.com

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