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Oklahoma man could get new trial amid prosecutor misconduct

(AP) — An Oklahoma man convicted of murder for stabbing another man to death in 2018 could get a new trial. 

That’s because Rogers County District Attorney Matt Ballard acknowledges that two of his former prosecutors watched jurors deliberate via a video feed into the courtroom. 

Robert Kraft was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder in July 2022, and the jury recommended a life prison sentence. 

But Kraft’s attorney has filed a motion for a mistrial because of the misconduct by prosecutors. 

In Oklahoma, it is a felony to listen to or observe jurors deliberate in a case. 

A status hearing in the case was held on Monday, but the judge has yet to rule on the mistrial motion.

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