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Court rejects Plover man's murder appeal

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A state appeals court said no today to throwing out a Plover man's murder conviction on a technicality.  Michael Haydon, who's now 47, was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide and robbery for killing truck driver Pat Zemke in 2003, in a rig parked just off a freeway exit north of Stevens Point.  Haydon appealed the case.  He said prosecutors should not have allowed his jury to hear testimony that his ex-girlfriend gave in another case. 

The woman said Haydon sexually assaulted her in the hours before he killed Lemke.  T

he Fourth District Appellate Court ruled today that the woman's testimony was relevant to his case, and therefore it was allowed properly.  Prosecutors said Haydon thought Zemke was actually somebody else -- another trucker that Haydon assumed was having an affair with his ex-girlfriend.