A Louisiana man convicted of killing five people during an armed robbery will get a new trial after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that prosecutors withheld key evidence that may have led to acquittal.
Juan Smith was convicted based on a single piece of evidence: an eyewitness who survived a shooting rampage committed by a group of men, several of whom were masked. While appealing in state court, Smith obtained statements by the witness to detectives indicating he could identify none of the men involved in the robbery.
The witness, Larry Boatner, later picked Smith in a photo lineup after seeing a newspaper picture that identified him as a suspect in the murders.
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