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Appeal court overturns murder plot conviction

The Court of Appeal on Thursday ordered new trials for two men sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment for plotting a murder in 2012.

Prosecutors Rashad Sullivan and Patrickedo Rose alleged that the men conspired to murder Dario “China” Knowles, who was shot and killed on Lincoln Boulevard off Cordeaux Avenue on November 25, 2012.

Defense lawyers Roberto Reckley and Devard Francis convinced the court that the trial judge prevented the men from challenging the voluntariness of their alleged confessions, by failing to order police to disclose complaints from prosecution witnesses of police brutality.

The court ruled, “I agree that the appellants were denied the opportunity to advance their case on the voir dire that the police investigation had been conducted in such an environment of abuse and oppression that not only were they beaten to confess, but additionally, prosecution witnesses had also been beaten to give witness statements, which implicated them.”

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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