CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A husband and wife tried separately and convicted in Elko of killing a ranch hand received different outcomes from the Nevada Supreme Court on their appeals.

In rulings issued Thursday, a three judge panel overturned the first-degree murder conviction of Linda Fields and ordered a new trial. In a split decision, the full court upheld the conviction and sentence of her husband, John Vernon Fields.

The two were convicted of killing Jerry Palensky, a ranch hand and Czech immigrant whose body was found Jan. 14, 2003 in the Jordan River near Salt Lake City.

Both appeals raised similar arguments why their verdicts should be overturned.

Elko County District Attorney Gary Woodbury says his office will seek reconsideration by the full court in the Linda Fields case.

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