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JENA, La. -- A Louisiana appeals court has tossed out the battery conviction of a black teenager who faced 15 years in prison for the beating of a white classmate amid racial tensions in the north Louisiana town of Jena.
Mychal Bell had been convicted of aggravated second-degree battery. He's one of the so-called Jena Six, a group of black teenagers charged in the beating of Justin Barker last December.