Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Trial Ordered For Convicted Murderer

A federal court has ordered another trial to be held for a man convicted of first degree murder in Putnam County back in the 1990s. The court ruled that 49-year-old David Robinson Junior's constitutional rights were violated during his 1996 trial for the killing of Gerald Irwin. Robinson had claimed during his trial that he killed Irwin in self-defense after the two got into an altercation over money owed for a drug deal. The federal courts say prosecutors made a mistake in not revealing to the defense that their main witness against Robinson was a long-time police informant. The court said that if the defense attorneys had had information about that, they would have been better able to attack her credibility as a witness. They have ordered the state to either hold another trial or to release Robinson from prison.