ATLANTA -- Georgia's attorney general says he plans to appeal a judge's ruling seeking release of a Cobb County man convicted of murder to the state's highest court.
Baldwin County Judge Hulane George ruled last month that legal mistakes were made at trial that unfairly undercut John McNeil's argument that the killing was justified. McNeil has been serving a life sentence after he was convicted in the 2005 killing of Brian Epp.
Attorney General Sam Olens on Wednesday filed a notice of his intent to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Georgia.
George cited multiple errors at trial, including that the jury wasn't properly instructed on a person's right to use force in self-defense.
Attorney General Sam Olens argues McNeil's defense lawyer was experienced and the jury fully instructed.