DA ponders retrial in 1995 Carson City killing by then-teen

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Posted: Jul 05, 2016 4:11 AM

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A man who was paroled two months ago after serving 20 years in prison for murder has won another federal appeals court ruling that says he was wrongly convicted in the first place.

Peter Elvik was released in April from the state prison in Lovelock where he'd been since a jury found him guilty of the 1995 shotgun slaying as a 14-year-old.

Carson City District Attorney Jason Woodbury is trying to decide whether to let the 9th Circuit's latest ruling regarding juvenile rights stand or pursue a costly retrial to try to keep Elvik, now 35, under parole supervision for life.

Woodbury says it would be an "injustice" to drop the case. But he told The Associated Press a retrial likely will cost $100,000 and he's having trouble tracking down witnesses from two decades ago.