Marcus Brown has conviction overturned

WASHINGTON (AP) - A District of Columbia appeals court has overturned the conviction of a man accused in a 2008 shooting that took place during a spasm of violence.

Marcus Brown was convicted of assault with intent to kill and other crimes.

Prosecutors charged him in a non-fatal retaliatory shooting that took place about 45 minutes after the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Alonzo Robinson, who was visiting from Alabama. That shooting occurred in D.C.'s Trinidad neighborhood, where a violent summer led police to use checkpoints.

The Washington Post
says the D.C. Court of Appeals reversed Brown's conviction last month. The court said the trial judge had given jurors flawed instructions as they deliberated.

Prosecutors didn't immediately say whether they planned a retrial for Brown, who is imprisoned in a separate case.