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Kenneth Minor's expected plea in stabbing death delayed

An undated file photo of Kenneth Minor, whose

An undated file photo of Kenneth Minor, whose murder conviction in the 2009 death of Long Island motivational speaker Jeffrey Locker was reversed due to incorrect jury instructions on the defense of assisting suicide. Credit: Steven Hirsch

An expected manslaughter guilty plea from Kenneth Minor, who was hired by motivational speaker Jeffrey Locker of Woodmere to aid in a suicide motivated by life insurance for Locker's family, was postponed Monday until Sept. 29.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Laura Ward said she wanted more legal briefing before issuing a final ruling on legal issues in the case. Minor has agreed to plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter and serve 12 years in prison if Ward rules against him, his lawyer says.

Minor, an ex-con from Harlem, was convicted of murder in 2011 and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2009 stabbing death of Locker, who had $18 million in life insurance.

But the conviction was overturned in 2013 because of incorrect jury instructions on assisting a suicide, which is second-degree manslaughter and a defense for murder in New York.

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