New Trial Options for Joan Shannon

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Convicted killer, Joan Shannon could get a new trial.

Shannon was found guilty of the 2002 murder of her husband Army Major David Shannon. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Yesterday the State Court of Appeals ruled a hearing must be held to determine if evidence that was blocked from the trial could have led to a not guilty verdict. If so, that could clear the way for a new trial.

In the 2005 trial, prosecutors said Shannon wanted her husband dead so she could be with a man she met at a sex party.

The defense argued Shannon's, then 15-year-old daughter Elizabeth, killed David Shannon without her knowledge.

Elizabeth Shannon was sentenced to 25 to 31 years in prison for the murder.

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