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Suspect accused of shooting man over spilled beer to get new trial

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According to police, Lamarc Robert Garrett, 29, of St. Louis was taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the death of Oscar C. Casiano, 26, of the 2800 block of California. According to police, Lamarc Robert Garrett, 29, of St. Louis was taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the death of Oscar C. Casiano, 26, of the 2800 block of California.

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois judge has granted a new trial to a man convicted of killing a man who spilled beer on him at a convenience store in 2015.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Judge Randall Kelley granted the new trial on Tuesday to 35-year-old Lamarc R. Garrett of St. Louis. Garrett was found guilty Aug. 2 of first-degree murder in connection with the killing of Oscar C. Carbajal of St. Louis at a Sauget (SAW'-zhay) store.

The judge ruled Garrett should have a new trial because jurors were shown a piece of evidence they weren't supposed to see. Prosecutors didn't argue against a defense motion seeking the new trial.

Police say Garrett shot Carbajal after Carbajal accidentally spilled beer on Garrett's shoes after a verbal altercation. The shooting was captured on video.

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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