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Appeals Court Reverses Murder Convictions For Former Police Sergeant

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Court of Appeals is reversing the murder convictions for the former Gladstone Police sergeant who was accused of killing his wife. Lynn Benton was found guilty in 2016 of aggravated murder in the 2011 death of his wife Debbie Higbee. Prosecutors say Benton paid two people to kill Higbee. He was sentenced to life without parole. The Appeals Court upheld his convictions for Conspiracy to Commit Murder, but the murder convictions were reversed. Prosecutors are considering whether to appeal that decision with the Oregon Supreme Court or retry the case.

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