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Supreme Court orders new trial for convicted killer Rivera

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Raymondeze Rivera addresses the judge during a hearing in Anderson County. (File/FOX Carolina) Raymondeze Rivera addresses the judge during a hearing in Anderson County. (File/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The man who was convicted of killing two Anderson County women after claiming to be a secret agent will get a new trial.

In 2008, Raymondeze Rivera was convicted of strangling 27-year-old Asha Wiley in front of her child. Two years later, Rivera was also found guilty of murder in the death of 28-year-old Kwana Burns. Both women were killed in 2006.

During his first trial about Wiley's death, Rivera testified that he had been hired to kill the women. He said he also considered killing Wiley's child, but he decided against it because he has a child of his own. He was sentenced to life in prison for killing Wiley.

At the second trial regarding Burns' death, a judge denied Rivera's request to testify. Rivera was sentenced to death.

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the judge presiding over the second trial violated Rivera's constitutional right to testify, and ordered a new trial.

"The facts surrounding this case are horrific and cry out for the death penalty," said 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams. "It is tragic that the families must be victimized all over again by having to undergo the rigors of another trial."

Adams said Rivera's life sentence still stands.

It was not immediately clear when Rivera's new trial might take place.

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