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August 4, 2003

Albany -- New legal maneuvers in the murder case against an Albany school teacher. Bill Scheer has filed a motion to block prosecutors from talking about his father's estate.

Scheer is charged with killing his father thirteen years ago. His first trial ended in a hung jury in May, with eight jurors voting for acquittal. But prosecutors are re-trying him next month. So Scheer's lawyer has filed a motion to prevent the District Attorney from discussing the use of Scheer's father's estate to pay his attorney fees.

Scheer's lawyer Pete Donaldson said "The prosecutor in the first trial spent a lot of time talking about withdrawals from that trust, and tried to convert that into some suggestion of greed or propriety. It's certainly not improper. The motion was to address the relevance of that."

The half million dollar estate is for Bill Scheer's children. But the two grown children have given permission that up to 100-thousand dollars be used for Scheer's legal defense.

Scheer's trial starts September 8 in Macon.

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