Trial Of Stang's Alleged Killer Annulled

May 16, 2013

Brazil's Supreme Court has annulled the trial of a rancher convicted of ordering the 2005 murder of Dayton nun and Amazon rain forest defender Dorothy Stang.

The court says in a statement Vitalmiro Moura was not given enough time to prepare his defense in 2010 when he was sentenced to 30 years in prison . The court says Moura will remain behind bars until he his retried at a yet-to be scheduled date.Stang worked for three decades to preserve the rain forest and defend poor settlers' land rights. Prosecutors say Moura ordered her killing because she blocked him and another rancher from taking land the government gave to farmers.