Judge grants new trial to convicted man after mishap
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado judge has decided to give a convicted man a new trial after prosecutors learned that jurors were provided with information that they had agreed to leave out during the trial.
The Daily Sentinel reports 37-year-old Matthew Mitchell, who was accused of robbing and killing 51-year-old Paul Davis, was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges on Dec. 15.
After the verdict was announced, Mesa County Prosecutor Rich Tuttle discovered that the jury had learned Mitchell was found with meth when he was arrested, something Tuttle had agreed to leave out.
He reported his findings to private defense Frank Moya and District Judge Valerie Robison
Robison decided to give Mitchell a new trial on Tuesday.
Mitchell will return to court Feb. 23 to schedule new trial dates.
Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com