The Rhode Island Supreme Court said a convicted killer who was denied the chance to appeal his sentence is entitled to a new hearing.
Jeremy Motyka, of Fall River, is serving a life sentence in the 1999 rape and murder of a Little Compton woman.
Motyka was doing work on Angela Spence-Shaw's house when she was found dead in her bathtub.
The state admitted that a Superior Court judge did not give Motyka an adequate chance to argue his application for appeal.
The Supreme Court sent the case back to Superior Court for a new hearing.