NEW TRIAL: Vernon Huser Murder Case

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Jury selection is underway in the re-trial of an Ankeny man charged with first degree murder.

Authorities freed 63-year-old Vernon Huser in 2011 after the Iowa Court of Appeals overturned his conviction.

He spent over a year in prison for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his ex-wife’s boyfriend in 2004. The jury believed Huser conspired with the hitman to kill 53-year-old Lance Morningstar.

The appeals court ruled statements made against Huser were hearsay and not allowed in court.