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Suspect faces 2nd trial in 1985 Brockton slaying

May 20, 2019

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who spent three decades in prison for a killing he says he didn’t commit is heading back to trial.

The Enterprise reports that the murder retrial of Darrell Jones in the November 1985 killing of Guillermo Rodriguez in the parking lot of a Brockton sandwich shop is scheduled to start Monday.

Jones was originally convicted in 1986. After decades of appeals, he was released in 2017 after a judge ruled he didn’t get a fair trial.

Jones’ attorneys say their client did not shoot Rodriguez and was convicted because prosecutors broke rules about turning over evidence because of jurors’ racial bias.

The Plymouth district attorney’s office argued they had the evidence to retry Jones and a judge ruled in April that a second trial would go forward.

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Information from: The (Brockton, Mass.) Enterprise, http://www.enterprisenews.com

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