LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles gang member is due in court to be cleared of a murder conviction that kept him behind bars for 19 years.
Lawyers for James Edward Smith plan to ask a judge Monday to vacate his murder and attempted murder convictions involving a 1993 drive-by shooting. Prosecutors plan to support the motion.
The 38-year-old Smith was 18 when he went to prison.
His lawyers say he wasn't at the shooting scene. The only eyewitness, a victim who was shot and survived, recently recanted and said police pressured him to identify Smith as the shooter.
Also On Black America Web:
This Week’s Hottest Celebrity Instagrams (2/20-2/27)
https://ioneblackamericaweb.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/screen-shot-2015-02-25-at-3-58-12-pm.png?w=180&h=180&crop=1 https://ioneblackamericaweb.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/screen-shot-2015-02-25-at-3-53-39-pm.png?w=180&h=180&crop=1 https://ioneblackamericaweb.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/screen-shot-2015-02-25-at-3-51-15-pm.png?w=180&h=180&crop=1 https://ioneblackamericaweb.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/screen-shot-2015-02-25-at-3-41-53-pm.png?w=180&h=180&crop=1 https://ioneblackamericaweb.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/screen-shot-2015-02-25-at-3-39-26-pm.png?w=180&h=180&crop=1
Tags: Black Teens » James Edward Smith