Court rejects new trial for Connecticut murder convict
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who had his murder conviction vacated after an appeal won’t be getting a new trial after all.
The state Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Carvaughn Johnson, of New Haven, received an adequate defense in 2004.
A habeas court had earlier granted a new trial, ruling in part that Johnson’s lawyers should have called witnesses who would have supported his alibi for the 2001 shooting in New Haven.
Johnson, then 22, was convicted of killing 16-year-old Markeith Strong, who had reported to police that Johnson stole his bicycle.
The Supreme Court found, in part, that Johnson’s attorneys reasonably could have determined that presenting those witnesses could have caused more harm than good.