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Court asked to reconsider its order for new murder trial

Associated Press

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- The state Attorney General asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to reconsider its order for a new trial for Kevin Hannon, who was convicted of murder in the 1999 beating death of his girlfriend.

A petition for rehearing was filed this week with the court, which routinely denies such petitions. It asked the court to reconsider past legal decisions it might have "overlooked or failed to consider" when it ruled Dec. 20 that Hannon should get a new trial.

The court ruled that police improperly continued to interrogate Hannon after he requested an attorney. Hannon subsequently made incriminating statements to investigators.

Hannon was convicted last year of five counts of murder for the death of Deborah Tolhurst. She was found in a burning apartment building in September 1999, bound and gagged with duct tape. An autopsy determined the cause of death as multiple traumatic injuries.

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He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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