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Samurai Sword Slay Sudden Reversal: New Trial Ordered for Son Convicted of Killing Sleeping Dad

Zachary Gibian (AP Photo)
Zachary Gibian (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) New York man Zachary Gibian has been granted a new trial after being convicted of using a samurai sword to kill his stepfather while he slept on a living room couch.

Gibian, of Happauge, Long Island, was convicted in 2006 of nearly beheading retired police officer Scott Nager. Gibian, who was 20 at the time, is serving 25 years to life in prison.

The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court ruled errors were made in his trial.

It faulted the trial judge for not allowing testimony about statements supposedly made by Gibian's mother.

Gibian testified it was his mother who killed Nager after she discovered her husband sexually abusing her son. She denied the allegations.

Prosecutors say they'll appeal the latest ruling.