Comics retailer Michael George, who was convicted in March of killing his first wife in 1990, will get a new trial.
In a decision handed down earlier today, Macomb County (Mich.) Circuit Judge James Biernat Sr. cited prosecutorial misconduct and the release of new evidence that could lead the jury to believe another person was responsible for the murder of Barbara George.
The misconduct apparently is related to the assistant prosecutor’s use of Michael George’s mug shot during closing arguments.
Barbara George was shot in the head on July 13, 1990, in the Georges’ Clinton Township comic-book store. Prosecutors contended that Michael George staged the killing to look like a robbery so he could collect money from an insurance policy and a shared estate, and start over with another woman.
George was sentenced in June 20 life in prison.
The new trial is set to begin on Dec. 2.