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Kareem Lane to be retried by state for 1992 murder of Muscogee County superintendent

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Kareem Lane last appeared in court in 2012. Kareem Lane last appeared in court in 2012.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The man accused of taking the life of a school superintendent more than 20 years ago faced a judge again on Wednesday Jan. 8.

It's been a little over a year since a jury was unable to come to a decision on whether or not Kareem Lane committed the crime.

The state says with the support of the victim's family, they have decided to retry Kareem Lane for the 1992 murder of then Muscogee County School Superintendent Jim Burns.

The vicious October stabbing sent shock waves through the Columbus community.

Lane, who was 17 years old at the time, is accused of attacking Burns as he slept next to his wife inside their home on Broadway.

Burns was stabbed in the back with a hunting knife. Police say he chased after the attacker before collapsing at the front door with the murder weapon close by.

In September 2012 a mistrial was declared due to a hung jury. Lane missed an acquittal by two votes.

More than a year later, the husband and new father will head back to trial.

"With a mistrial there's no conclusion to a case," said defense attorney Stacey Jackson. "There has to be either a verdict or a dismissal of charges for a case to close; or obviously a guilty plea. Without an official closure of the case by one of those means it can be retried, if there's a mistrial."

Defense Attorney Stacey Jackson says Lane is ready for an end to this 20-plus year saga.

With a gag order – barring counsel from speaking specifics about the trial – the District Attorney's office has declined to comment.

We asked how much it will cost taxpayers to retry Lane, and were told there's no way to calculate the cost of a trial and you can't put a price on justice.

The trial is scheduled to begin on August 25. Until that time, Kareem Lane will remain out of jail on bond.

 

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