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Marshfield man gets plea deal after being granted new murder trial

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Marshfield man who was given a new trial in the death of his lover will settle the case with a plea deal. 

32-year-old Eric Mayer was supposed to go on trial next week in Marathon County for felony murder.

Instead, a plea and sentencing hearing is now set for Monday. Terms of the plea bargain will not be released until then. 

Mayer originally pleaded guilty to felony murder in the death of 43-year-old Cynthia Tyler of rural Stratford.

An appeals court allowed Mayer to withdraw the plea, after he said his attorney did not tell him about the facts that had to be proven for his conviction. That got him out of a 10 year prison term. 

The killing took place in March of 2009, while Mayer was living at Tyler's home. 

Officials said the two argued while driving home from a fish fry. After they got home, Mayer claimed she kicked him in the mouth -- and he then hit her in the face. 

He told investigators he called 911 because she didn't wake up after that. Mayer then moved to Marshfield to live with relatives. 

While his criminal case was pending, Mayer had filed for divorce from another woman.

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