Convicted of murder, a jury found him guilty of killing a Kentucky college student.
Now, a former Missouri police officer will get a new trial.
Steve Rios was convicted for the 2004 murder of Boyle County native Jesse Valencia.
This week, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled the former cop, Steve Rios, can get a new trial. The Court of Appeals overturned Rios' conviction back in April on the bases hearsay comments were made, and now the state Supreme Court agrees.
Rios was convicted and serving a life sentence for the 2004 murder of Jesse Valencia. Valencia, who's from Boyle County, was a student at the University of Missouri. The 23 year-old's body was found near his apartment, his throat cut. It was determined Rios, who was at the time a Columbia police officer, had a sexual relationship with Valencia.
The prosecution contends Rios killed Valencia to cover it up, considering Rios was married at the time.
Valencia's mother says she doesn't want to sit through another trial. She tells 27 NEWSFIRST, the news of the overturned conviction is tough for Jesse's entire family, but she adds the family will never give up.
The former Columbia police officer was originally sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Valencia's mother says she now wants the death penalty, since she must endure another trial.
DNA evidence did link Rios to the murder. Valencia's mother says she will be there in Missouri to make sure justice is served.
A new trial date has not yet been set for Rios.
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