Bodybuilder to get new trial

A Richland County bodybuilder convicted in a 2002 murder of his bodybuilder friend will get a new trial, Rick Brundrett reported in the January 21, 2009 edition of The State Newspaper.

The state Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling granting a new trial to Eric Rife, who is serving a 35-year prison sentence. “It’s been a long appellate process, but he’s always believed in his innocence, and he’s looking forward to a new trial,” said Rife’s appellate attorney, Dick Harpootlian is reported to have told The State.

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