Because of a new law influenced by the story of a man convicted of murder whose claims of innocence have drawn widespread attention, a St. Louis judge will decide this week whether or not to grant him freedom. Lamar Johnson, who was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty in 1995 of first-degree murder in the killing of Marcus Boyd, is requesting that the court overturn his conviction. The matter has been gaining global attention and the man has become the subject of discussion among the netizens. Without any further ado, let us check the details of the case.
As per reports, the trial is scheduled to begin at 10 AM on Monday in the courtroom of St. Louis Circuit Judge David E. Mason and could continue for up to five days. Although Johnson is still facing an uphill fight, he has gotten the full support of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office. Let us add that it happens to be the same office that prosecuted his case around 30 years ago.
What Happened To Lamar Johnson?
The new Conviction Integrity Unit of the office published a report in 2019 detailing its investigation into Johnson’s case, which included allegations of prosecutorial malpractice, perjury, concealed evidence, and covert bribes made by police to the main witness. Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner requested that the conviction be overturned before the circuit court judge. Wesley Bell, the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County, and more than 40 other prosecutors around the nation backed her claim that the trial court erred.
Eric Schmitt, the attorney general of Missouri, countered that state law did not give Gardner or other local prosecutors the right to appeal the denial of a motion for a new trial after a criminal conviction had been rendered irrevocable. In a decision issued in March 2021, the Missouri Supreme Court concurred. In response, state legislators introduced new legislation to establish a procedure for prosecutors looking to overturn incorrect convictions.
This measure was supported by the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Gardner utilized the legislation, which was made law by Governor Mike Parson last year, to submit a move to overturn Johnson’s conviction in August. After serving more than 40 years in prison for three murders in Kansas City, Kevin Strickland was exonerated last year, and the new statute has already been successfully used to overturn his conviction. Stay connected with Social Telecast for more updates and the latest and trending news happening around the world.