- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A Superior Court judge in New Jersey has denied a motion for a new trial in the 2007 execution-style slaying of three friends in a Newark schoolyard.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/24V04ma ) co-defendant Melvin Jones testified last month that he, not Rodolfo Godinez, was solely responsible for the killings, but Judge Michael Ravin found that his testimony was “not credible.”

Godinez was the first of six defendants convicted in the Aug. 4, 2007 deaths of Terrance Aeriel, Iofemi Hightower and Dashon Harvey at the Mount Vernon School. As the reputed ringleader, the 32-year-old received a 245-year prison sentence in July 2010.

Prosecutors say the co-defendants were members of the MS-13 street gang and the shootings were gang-related.

Ravin rejected the defense’s argument that Jones’ testimony could’ve changed the outcome of Godinez’s trial.


Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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