Man convicted of murder asks for new trial - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Man convicted of murder asks for new trial

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WSIL -- A Franklin County man convicted of murdering his wife, has filed a motion for a new trial.

Brian Pheasant, of Christopher, was found guilty by a jury in May.

Pheasant admitted to shooting his wife Beth twice, but claimed it was an accident. He claimed he intended to commit suicide in front of Beth but his gun malfunctioned.

Prosecutors say the murder happened on Halloween, two days after Brian Pheasant bought the gun and had learned Beth was having an affair.

Pheasant is scheduled to be sentenced July 27th.

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