RI Supreme Court grants convicted killer new hearing

Jeremy Motyka gestures during testimony in his murder trial Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at Newport Superior Court in Newport.

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.