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

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

The man accused of takingthe life of a school superintendent more than 20 years ago faced a judge again onWednesday Jan. 8.

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

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

The vicious Octoberstabbing sent shock waves through the Columbus community.

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

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

In September 2012 amistrial was declared due to a hung jury. Lane missed an acquittal by twovotes.

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

"With a mistrial there'sno conclusion to a case," said defense attorney Stacey Jackson. "There has tobe either a verdict or a dismissal of charges for a case to close; or obviouslya guilty plea. Without an official closure of the case by one of those means itcan be retried, if there's a mistrial."

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

With a gag order – barringcounsel from speaking specifics about the trial – the District Attorney'soffice has declined to comment.

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

The trial is scheduled tobegin on August 25. Until that time, Kareem Lane will remain out of jail onbond.

 

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