Massachusetts high court tosses conviction in 2009 killing

November 21, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court has granted a new trial for a man convicted of murder in a 2009 killing.

The Supreme Judicial Court said Tuesday that Aaron Morin deserves a new trial because his trial lawyers failed to challenge the introduction of evidence that was improperly seized from his cellphone.

The justices say the “improperly seized evidence” likely influenced the jury’s verdict. The justices also said they believe the evidence was “sufficient to support his conviction.”

Morin was convicted of first-degree murder in 2012 in the death of Chad Fleming, who was beaten and strangled.

Morin’s attorney Robert Shaw Jr. says the evidence shows Fleming was killed by Morin’s co-defendant and that Morin wasn’t involved.

Shaw says they’re pleased with the decision and are confident they can demonstrate Morin is innocent.

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