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.