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Oklahoma man’s robbery conviction reversed

Oklahoman Published: April 28, 2014
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TULSA (AP) — A federal appeals court has reversed the conviction and prison sentence of a man who was found guilty of robbing a Tulsa bank.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the decision Monday in the case of Stanley Eugene Hill. Hill was convicted of robbing an Arvest Bank branch on Nov. 5, 2011, and was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison.

The decision is based on the trial testimony of an FBI agent, Charles Jones, who claimed he was trained to identify deceptions and truths in people’s statements. Jones testified that statements by Hill in which he denied involvement in the robbery were full of deceptions.

The appeals court says that is improper because it is up to jurors to determine credibility.