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Judge overturns WI man's conviction in wife's poisoning death


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A federal judge has overturned a first-degree intentional homicide conviction for a Wisconsin man.

The Kenosha News states Chief U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ordered Mark Jensen be released from prison within 90 days.

Back in 2008, Jensen was convicted of killing his wife, Julie, by poisoning her with antifreeze.

Jensen appealed, saying the state's use of his wife's written note to a neighbor violated his constitutional right to confront a witness.  In the note, Julie suspected her husband would kill her.  She stated that if anything happened to her, the neighbors should release her letter to authorities.

Jensen first appealed his conviction in state court, then proceeded to the federal level.  The state can still decide whether to retry the case.

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