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New trial for man whose murder conviction was overturned


Lastarande Bell faced a judge Monday morning for a suppression hearing days before his second murder trial is set to begin.

Bell was convicted of first-degree murder and arson back in 2008.

The Springfield man was found guilty of killing Julie Ann Nieves his ex-girlfriend's mother in 2007.

Bell allegedly broke into Nieves' home, doused her with gasoline and set her home on fire. Nieves died from her injuries several weeks after the incident.

In 2011, Bell's conviction was overturned after the highest court in the state ruled that the jury should have been given instructions on second-degree felony murder based on the arson charge that Bell was facing.

Bell's attorney tells CBS 3 that a lot of questions have been left unanswered in the case, and that the only person that was there has told us that it wasn't his fault.

Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday the trial is expected to start later in the week.

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