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Murder against Robert Fischer is abolished

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Robert Fischer

A California divorce attorney who more than a decade ago was found guilty of murdering her stepdaughter’s husband has been granted further immunity from prosecution after charges against him were dropped. Prosecutors in Arizona said they were “in the interest of justice” to reduce charges against Robert Fischer63 years old for murder in 2010, 49 years old Norman “Lee” Radder, who was shot dead in suburban Phoenix, Related press report.

A Maricopa County grand jury in 2014 convicted Fischer of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Radder at his family home in Queen Creek. Radder is said to have been shot once in the head with a bullet fired from a handgun registered with Fischer, AP previous report. Fischer was visiting Radder and family when the fatal shooting occurred and both men are said to have been drinking heavily that evening.

Fischer said that after a night of drinking, he went to sleep in another bedroom and was awoken by gunfire. He said he later discovered Lee’s body when he went to investigate and immediately called 911.

But Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Karen Mullins in February 2014 overturned the jury’s guilty verdict and gave Fischer a new trial. Mullins said the jury’s decision was “contrary to the weight of evidence” that prosecutors presented at the trial. Mullins specifically cites Bang’s lack of fingerprints or DNA evidence that Fischer fired the gun and that relying on a detective’s theory that Fischer shot Lee then staged the scene to look like a suicide, what Mullins says is unreliable.

“Any system (law) is probably flawed to some degree,” Fischer speak according to the judgment. “Fortunately, there are checks and balances. In my case, there was a courageous judge who understood the jury was wrong.”

Prosecutors appealed Mullins’ decision — noting that experts agree that blood stains on his pajamas meant he was likely in the room at the time Lee was shot — and The Arizona Court of Appeals found that Mullins abused his discretion in delivering the jury verdict and restoring Fischer’s Belief. However, the Arizona Supreme Court later overturned the appellate court’s decision, restored Mullins’ ruling and once again granted Fischer a new trial.

Prosecutors in 2018 again indicted Fischer for killing Lee, setting the stage for the State’s recent dismissal of the murder charge. Fischer last month tried to press charges as a violation of civil rights protections against dual peril, but a state judge sided with prosecutors in dismissing his argument.

According to the report, prosecutors in the latest filing did not provide details on why they are surprisingly seeking to dismiss the case against Fischer nor say whether the district attorney’s office plans to bring new charges against him in the future.

The Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to a request from Law & Crime for additional details about the case and decided to dismiss the charges against Fischer.

[image via Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office]

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