Attorney Drops Bid To Learn Identity of Online Poster

Anceo Stovall and defense attorney Jonathan Phelps
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Topeka, Kan. (WIBW) - A defense attorney has dropped his bid to learn the identity of a person who posted online about his client's case.

Jonathan Phelps is seeking a new trial for Anceo Stovall. Phelps says a juror commented on a C.J. Online article during the trial, violating judges orders to avoid media reports.

The paper reports Phelps Wednesday withdrew his subpoena to learn the poster's identity, saying it was protected by Kansas law.

Stovall was convicted on one charge but jurors couldn't reach a decision on nine counts related to the murder of Natalie Gibson.

A hearing on the defense request for a new trial on the conviction is November 1st. A retrial on the other nine counts is set for January 31st.