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Supreme Court denies new homicide trial

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says a man accused of taking part in a Milwaukee shooting won’t get a new trial.

A jury in 2008 convicted Olu Rhodes of being a part to first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Robert Davis. Prosecutors believe Rhodes wanted revenge against Davis because Davis had two women beat up Rhodes’ sister.

Rhodes’ attorney wanted Rhodes’ sister to testify Davis had abused her in the past and her brother never sought revenge. The judge, though, refused to allow such testimony.

An appeals court last year ordered a new trial for Rhodes, ruling the judge should have allowed the questions.

The Supreme Court disagreed, saying the judge made the right call and such questions would have confused the jury.

Rhodes’ attorney didn’t immediately return a message.

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