A state judge Friday recommended a new trial for a man whose murder conviction had been questioned in the movie documentary "The Thin Blue Line."

District Judge Larry Baraka said he will tell the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that Randall Dale Adams deserves a new trial. The appeals court has the power to order the retrial.Adams has served 12 years in prison for the shooting of officer Robert Wood in 1976. He said he did not commit the crime.

Much of the material being presented in the hearing this week on the retrial request was in the documentary, which raised charges that witnesses in the original trial had lied.