Houston man gets new sentencing in boy's death

HOUSTON The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling late Thursday came in the case of Warren Darrell Rivers. The 43-year-old construction worker was condemned for the May 1987 slaying of 11-year-old Carl Nance Jr.

Evidence showed the boy was lured into an abandoned house, assaulted, beaten, sexually mutilated and fatally stabbed.

Prosecutors had appealed a lower court's order granting him a new sentencing trial because of jury instruction problems. Rivers' lawyers had appealed the lower court's rejection of an entirely new trial because of jury selection issues.

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