A Philadelphia judge has ruled that a convicted murderer should get a new trial because one of two main witnesses against him said that he was pressured by a police detective to give false testimony as a child.
“The court holds that if the jury knew [witness] Hector Toro did not see Jose Medina with a weapon or making threats, that he did not see him at all the night [murder victim] William Bogan was killed, and that a detective threatened young Hector and Michael [Toro] to testify or be removed from their home, the jury would have given a different verdict,” according to the opinion in Commonwealth v. Medina .
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