Spokane judge vacates convictionsDecember 15, 2012 @ 9:33 am
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Three Spokane men serving time for robbery and other crimes are set to be freed after a judge vacated their 2009 convictions.
Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price on Friday said new evidence raised doubts about whether a jury would have convicted Paul Statler, Tyler Gassman and Robert Larson. He threw out their 2009 convictions for robbery, assault and drive-by shooting.
The Spokesman Review says ( http://is.gd/lzKFsO) the men have all spent more than four years in jail or prison following their 2008 arrests. They have argued they were framed by a snitch who wanted a reduced prison term.
The new evidence was presented by attorneys on behalf of the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic at the University of Washington.
A deputy prosecutor declined to say whether his office would pursue a new trial.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com
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