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Attorneys Seek New Trial For Teenage Killer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- When Cyntoia Brown was 16 years old she shot and killed a 43-year-old man who had picked her up for sex.

Brown claims she was afraid of Johnny Allen, who she said was behaving strangely and had a house full of guns. Prosecutors in Nashville say Brown killed Allen in order to steal from him.

Brown was convicted of murder in 2006 and sentenced to life in prison, but since then a documentary about Brown's life has stirred sympathy for her.

At a hearing on Tuesday, attorney Charles Bone said he became interested in Brown's case after seeing the film. Bone presented new evidence that Brown suffers from an alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder.

Bone hopes to persuade a judge to order a new trial for Brown.

(Copyright 2012 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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