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Brother of victim is shocked conviction is vacated in poisoning death

Published On: Dec 20 2013 04:39:18 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 20 2013 04:39:22 PM CST
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -

The brother of a Wisconsin woman killed 15 years ago with antifreeze says he was shocked that a judge overturned her husband's conviction in the case.

A federal judge decided Wednesday that Mark Jensen was improperly tried in 2008 because he couldn't confront his dead wife, Julie Jensen.

The decision centered on a letter that Julie Jensen had slipped to her Pleasant Prairie neighbor because she was suspicious her husband was trying to kill her.

She died in 1998. The case was slowed by a legal debate over whether the letter and her statements to others could be used in court.

Paul Griffin, of Kenosha, told The Associated Press Friday that if Jensen is tried again, he's certain the other evidence will convince a jury to convict him again.

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