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New Trial Granted In Murder Conviction

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The Connecticut Supreme Court.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

The Connecticut Supreme Court. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Supreme Court has granted a new trial to a man convicted of a gang-related killing in 1996, ruling that the false testimony of a key witness deprived him of a fair trial.

The high court on Monday upheld an Appellate Court decision granting a new trial to Sean Adams, who has been serving a 100-year prison sentence in the killing of Jason Smith in New Haven.

The court said the witness, Andre Clark, testified falsely he had not been promised any consideration on unrelated criminal charges in exchange for his testimony against Adams. The court said Clark’s credibility would likely have been seriously undermined if the jury knew he had been promised leniency for his cooperation and lied about it.

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