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Appeals court grants convicted murderer hearing due to 'ineffective counsel'

Appeals court grants convicted murderer hearing due to 'ineffective counsel'

The 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach is granting convicted murderer Neal Jacobson a special hearing after ruling Wednesday that he had an "ineffective" defense attorney. Jacobson, 55, shot and killed his wife and 7-year-old twin sons in January 2010 and was sentenced to prison after taking a plea deal in 2012. He filed a motion after his conviction saying his state-appointed public defender forced him to accept the plea deal and did not explore an insanity defense. Jacobson said at the time of the killings, he was taking Zoloft and Xanax and was suffering from hypothyroidism. That state — legally referred to as "involuntary intoxication" —...

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