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Lawyer accused of murder to be released from jail

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By JACQUES BILLEAUD
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge who granted a new trial to a California divorce lawyer accused of murder in Arizona has ordered the attorney's release from jail as prosecutors plan to appeal a ruling that threw out a jury's guilty verdict against him.

The judge also granted a request Friday from prosecutors to dismiss the case against 54-year-old Robert Fischer of Irvine, but left open the possibility that a murder charge could be filed against him in the future.

Prosecutors are continuing to press the case against Fischer and sought the dismissal in a procedural move that clears the way for their appeal of the judge's Feb. 28 decision.

Fischer was convicted in December of second-degree murder in the December 2010 shooting death of his stepdaughter's husband in Queen Creek, southeast of Phoenix.

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