No retrial in murder after texts between prosecutor, witness

February 9, 2018

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A judge is tossing a murder indictment against a Mississippi Delta man accused of killing his wife, citing prosecutorial misconduct.

Leflore County Circuit Judge Carol White-Richard overturned the 2016 indictment against Edward Broom Wednesday, freeing him from jail.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that White-Richard ruled that Broom couldn’t be tried again for the 2014 killiing of Lakeyla Broom.

Greenwood Police Officer Jeri Bankston was found to be texting with Assistant District Attorney Trish Rodgers while sitting as a witness during the initial trial, seeking instructions. Discovery of the texts led to a Nov. 2 mistrial.

A retrial had been set for April 30.

Assistant District Attorney Tim Jones says he’ll ask the judge to reconsider her order.

Broom’s mother says she blames Bankston for the outcome.


Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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