- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for a man sentenced to die for the 1991 slaying of a teenage girl who was killed for her earrings.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/2bgYqs6 ) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Tuesday upheld a 2013 lower-court order that 45-year-old James Dennis should be freed or retried in the killing of 17-year-old Chedell Ray Williams.

Dennis’ attorney says he hopes prosecutors will end their case against his client.

A spokesman for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says Williams’ office is reviewing the ruling.

Tuesday’s majority opinion found that evidence suppressed by the prosecution, along with other factors, “effectively gutted” the case against Dennis.

But a judge argued in a dissenting opinion that the evidence against Dennis was strong.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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