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Bond set for Limestone County man facing murder charge for second time

Keith George's conviction was thrown out, meaning he will get a new trial. (Source: LCSO) Keith George's conviction was thrown out, meaning he will get a new trial. (Source: LCSO)
LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A Limestone County man who shot and killed his nephew, and who a jury convicted, could soon be free from prison. 

An appellate court threw out the conviction, citing Alabama's Stand Your Ground law. That means Keith George will get a new trial. 

Limestone County Judge James Woodroof set George's bond at $50,000 Tuesday. It was the same amount when George was charged with murder in the case the first time, and he made that bond then.

George began serving a 50-year sentence after his conviction in September of 2012. He has been in the Limestone Correctional Facility. 

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals decision to throw out the conviction and have the case prosecuted again came because the court said Judge Woodroof did not give the jury instructions on current self defense law, namely Stand Your Ground. The court said the jury should have been allowed to consider it. 

Investigators said in 2009 that George was trying to prevent his nephew, Rusty George, from driving drunk. Rusty began striking his his uncle with fists and with a stick. Keith George shot him three times. 

The prosecution argued during the trial that the third, fatal shot was unnecessary. Keith George's lawyers have maintained it was self defense. 

His attorney, Michael Sizemore, said he expects George will make bond and be free soon. 

"It's been a long time coming," Sizemore said. "We started this appeals process in January of 2013. So, it's been a long time coming. It's great. We're excited. Hopefully, we'll get him out on the next couple of days or so. We maintain our optimism moving forward."

A date for Keith George's new trial has not been set yet.

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