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Supreme Court orders new trial in warden confrontation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says a man who got into an armed standoff with conservation wardens deserves a new trial.

According to court documents, Robert Steitz confronted two wardens on his land Lafayette County in 2012.

Steitz claims the men never clearly identified themselves and wrestled his rifle away. He drew his handgun and trained it on them, resulting in a standoff.

A jury found Steitz guilty of resisting and pointing a gun at officers. Steitz argued on appeal that the trial judge never instructed the jury on self-defense, robbing him of his right to present a defense.

The Supreme Court ruled 4-2 on Tuesday that there’s enough evidence to support self-defense and granted Steitz a new trial.

A state Justice Department spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a message.

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