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Harrelsons In The Court

A hearing in the murder case involving the father of movie star Woody Harrelson is continuing Tuesday in federal court in Denver.

Charles Harrelson is seeking a new trial for his conviction in the 1979 shooting death of a San Antonio federal judge. A hearing on the case began Monday in the U.S. District Court in Denver. Harrelson testified, explaining his theory of how a trial judge and federal prosecutors colluded to make sure he was convicted.

The hearing is expected to be finished by Wednesday, but a ruling is not expected immediately.

The elder Harrelson was convicted of murdering U.S. District Judge John Wood Jr. in 1982 and is serving two life sentences at a federal maximum security prison in Florence, Colo.

Six U.S. Marshals were in the courtroom during the hearing Monday, but the mood was relaxed and Harrelson chatted with some of the marshals during a break. He gave a thumbs up to his family, including Woody Harrelson and brother Brett, before leaving.

"I thought a lot of good things came to light," Woody Harrelson said after Monday's proceedings.

This week's hearing is a continuation of a 1998 court proceeding that was halted when the judge then presiding over the case pulled out. The judge said a perceived conflict of interest existed because he had played pickup basketball with the actor at a downtown Denver hotel.

Woody Harrelson portrayed a bartender in the television sitcom Cheers and has starred in such films as Natural Born Killers and The People vs. Larry Flynt.

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