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Murder conviction overturned in slaying of Fred Biletnikoff's daughter


A federal appeals court threw out the murder conviction in the strangling death of Tracey Biletnikoff, daughter of former National Football League great Fred Biletnikoff, and ordered a new trial for the confessed killer.

Mohammed Haroon Ali's conviction was overturned by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals because prosecutors had dismissed the only two African Americans in the jury pool and made "wholly unpersuasive" arguments that the decisions weren't based on race.

Ali admitted to strangling Biletnikoff, then 20, in 1999. He pleaded not guilty at the 2001 jury trial in San Mateo County at which he was convicted and sentenced to 55 years to life for first-degree murder.

His conviction was upheld in state courts, and his federal court petition for habeas corpus relief was denied in U.S. District Court in San Francisco in 2005.

The 9th Circuit panel, made up of three federal judges appointed by President Clinton, sent the case back for retrial.

Fred Biletnikoff was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame after a record-setting career with the Oakland Raiders.

-- Carol Williams

Photo: Receiver Fred Biletnikoff, left, and quarterback Ken Stabler celebrate after the Oakland Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI in Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 9, 1977. Credit: AP

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He confessed bottom line------------serve the damn sentence----California can afford a new trial--no wonder we are broke.

It is not right, a person confessed cannot get new trial.

My heart goes out to Fred and his family. I only know God will not ignore this.
I can only say this is how Clinton and the rest of the high officials deal with justice.
This is why Bad things keep happening to Good people.

LIBERALISM AT IT'S BEST....Murders go free and law-abiding citzens live in fear and go broke....

It is not suprising to me. It is about time the "Big Freds" felt some of the pain they have been dishing out to others theirs entire lives. That is, they are bullies. "Big Bullies" pushing others smaller than them down and staying stedfast with their name to get them through life. I am one of the ones who they bullied and am sure they have lots of persons who are not no kind to their persons. It is sad to hear that one is gone but imagine how many the "B" family has hurt in the meantime.


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