The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday ruled that prosecutors cannot retry Christopher Roesser on charges he killed a man in what Roesser said was an act of self defense.
Because of the ruling, Roesser, who has been imprisoned for five years, should soon be a free man.
“I am extremely pleased” with the ruling, Roesser’s lawyer, Brian Steel, said. “I look forward to Mr. Roesser leading a productive, happy, lawful life that benefits our community.”
In 2008, Roesser was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Keith Price, who died Dec. 20, 2006, of a gunshot wound to his chest. But that conviction was overturned by the trial judge on grounds an improper jury instruction had been provided to jurors.