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A Las Vegas woman convicted in 2006 of killing a homeless man and cutting off his penis will have her case tried anew, according to a court order issued Wednesday.

District Judge Stefany Miley granted Kirstin Blaise Lobato’s request for a new trial after finding that ineffective assistance of counsel may have played a role in her conviction in Duran Bailey’s 2001 death.

The 34-year-old woman, incarcerated at Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center since early 2007, filed a petition in May 2010 to challenge the legality of her detention, alleging 79 grounds for relief. The Supreme Court ordered an evidentiary hearing late last year on 25 of the claims.

The order called for a hearing on her counsel’s decision not to hire an expert witness to pinpoint the time of death. Time of death is important because there is uncontested evidence that Lobato was in Panaca at midday and early evening on July 8, 2001.

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