WARREN, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio appeals court has reversed the felony murder, murder and felonious assault convictions of a man accused of fatally beating a Kent State University student in a 2009 street fight.
Ordering a new trial for Adrian Barker, the 11th District Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a Portage County judge failed to tell jurors they could consider lesser convictions of reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter and assault.
Barker, of Shaker Heights, was a University of Akron student when accused of killing Christopher Kernich of Fairborn. He was sentenced to 15 years to life.
The Portage County prosecutor tells the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier his office will likely appeal. A lawyer for Barker tells The Plain Dealer of Cleveland that Barker didn't get a fair trial and that the ruling reverses a life sentence.