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New Attorney Asks For New Trial In Fatal Dog Attack

A San Francisco judge ruled this morning that he will allow a new attorney for the San Francisco lawyer convicted of murder in a fatal dog attack.

Marjorie Knoller´s second degree murder conviction by a Los Angeles jury last month was California´s first involving a killer dog.

Attorney Dennis Riordan will replace Nedra Ruiz. Riordan told San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren he would argue the evidence against Knoller was insufficient when he requests a new trial.

The defense must make its case before June seventh. That´s when Judge Warren intends either to sentence Knoller to 15 years to life in prison or grant her a new trial.

Prosecutor Jim Hammer says he´s sure Warren will uphold Knoller´s conviction. But Ruiz told reporters after today´s hearing that she´s sure the judge will find her conviction was unjust.

Knoller and her husband, Robert Noel, also were found guilty of manslaughter and having a mischievous dog that killed someone.

Noel faces up to four years in prison.