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Opelika man sentenced to 40 years for 2009 murder

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - An Opelika man sentenced to 40 years in prison for a 2009 murder outside of a local nightclub is planning to ask for a new trial.

Defense attorney Todd Crutchfield told the Opelika-Auburn News on Thursday that he would request a new trial for his client Renza Wright based on new witness testimony.

The 24-year-old was convicted in November of murdering 38-year-old Justin L. Bryant during a March 2009 altercation. He was sentenced on Thursday and ordered to pay court fees and $5,000 in restitution.

Witnesses identified Wright as the shooter and say he scuffled with Bryant in the club's parking lot. No murder weapon was recovered.

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