Youngest Prison Inmate Gets New Trial

Youngest Prison Inmate Gets New Trial

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah's youngest prison inmate is getting a new trial.

Brookes Colby Shumway became the Utah State Prison's youngest resident -- at age 16 -- when he was locked up for murder. He turns 18 next month, and he's headed for a new trial on the murder charge.

His attorneys were in court yesterday, asking for more time to prepare their case. A scheduling hearing is now slated for early August.

The Utah Supreme Court ruled that Shumway gets a new trial because the jury that convicted him got the wrong instructions regarding the lesser crime of manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Shumway was just 15 when he killed a friend during a sleep-over by stabbing him 39 times. The dispute reportedly arose after a night of playing violent video games.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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