Wash. appeals court orders new trial for Savoie

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for Evan Savoie, who was convicted of killing a 12-year-old playmate in 2003.

Savoie was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder five years ago for the slaying of Craig Sorger. Sorger had been stabbed more than 30 times.

A third playmate, Jake Eakin, testified against Savoie in a plea deal. Both are imprisoned at Green Hill School in Chehalis.

Savoie appealed his conviction on grounds that the Grant County Superior Court violated his right to a public trial and erred in appointing counsel for Sorger's parents.

The appeals court agreed in a ruling Thursday and ordered a new trial.