The Arkansas Court of Appeals sent a case back to Jefferson County in which a murder defendant wasn`t allowed to cross-examine a witness in an effort to show bias. Donald Ghoston was convicted of first-degree murder in the June 24th, 2001, death of James Scott. He was also convicted of attempted first-degree murder after two occupants were injured in a shooting in front of a Pine Bluff house. He won a new trial because he wasn`t allowed to cross-examine a witness about an incident in which the witness allegedly threatened to beat up a woman who had just given a statement to police. The Appeals Court said Ghoston should have been allowed to ask the witness about the incident and ordered a new trial. Ghoston, who was sentenced to 50 years, lost arguments that he shot in self-defense and that jurors should have considered a manslaughter charge.