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NY's high court to hear full appeal of overturned hate crime conviction

A hate crime conviction in Syracuse that was overturned will be reviewed more closely by the New York Court of Appeals.

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A hate crime conviction in Syracuse that was overturned will be reviewed more closely by the New York Court of Appeals.

In 2009, Dwight DeLee was convicted of first degree manslaughter as a hate crime, in connection with the death of LaTeisha Green.  She was a young transgender woman in Syracuse.

Earlier this summer, an appellate court set aside the conviction, saying the judge didn't give the jury clear instructions for reaching a verdict. 

Jurors had found DeLee guilty of first degree manslaughter as a hate crime, but did not find him guilty of manslaughter alone. The appellate court ruled that the verdict was inconsistent.

The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office appealed, arguing that the jury intended a guilty verdict, despite their confusion due to a lack of clear instructions from the judge.

The high court recently announced they will allow oral arguments for the appeal early next year.

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