BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped the homicide case in opposition to a Boston man who spent practically 20 years behind bars within the capturing loss of life of his cousin primarily based on new revelations of police and prosecution misconduct.
Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins in a courtroom submitting Wednesday dismissed the indictment in opposition to Shaun Jenkins that stemmed from the 2001 homicide of Stephen Jenkins within the metropolis’s Dorchester neighborhood, The Boston Globe reported.
Recently uncovered information present a Boston police detective paid a key witness $100 and prosecutors withheld proof that would have pointed to a different suspect, in response to a decide’s determination earlier this week granting Shaun Jenkins movement for a brand new trial.
The decide wrote that misconduct by the detective and prosecutors “deprived Jenkins of a fair trial.”
Jenkins has lengthy maintained his innocence.
“It is clear that justice was not done here,” Rollins stated in an announcement. “When there is misconduct and/or material errors are made by law enforcement, including a prosecutor, we must always correct those errors. That is a vitally important part of building trust back into the criminal legal system.”
Shaun Jenkins was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to life in jail with out the potential for parole. He was freed in September.