DETROIT (WZZM) -- An Alpine Township man convicted in the 2000 murder of his wife will not get a new trial, but he can appeal the federal judge's ruling to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts ruled Tuesday that Duyst will not be retried for the shooting death of his wife, Sandra. Judge Roberts is allowing Duyst to ask an appeals court panel to reconsider her decision.
Duyst is seeking retrial on the grounds of ineffective defense counsel. He has argued that Sandra shot herself twice in the head at their Alpine Township home, and that it is possible for the handgun used in the shooting to fire twice from one trigger pull.
Duyst has unsuccessfully taken his case through the Michigan state appellate system. He is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.