Local murder conviction reversed

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that a man convicted of murder in Richmond County should get a new trial because prosecutors failed to disclose their key witness had worked out a deal that could have reduced his sentence.

The court today reversed the conviction of Richard Anthony Gonnella for the 2002 shooting death of John Henry Williams.

Evidence showed that Gonnella and Christopher Evans went to Williams' apartment. Evans said he heard a gunshot while waiting in his car.

The two later turned themselves in, and Evans told police where to find the gun.

Gonnella was convicted of felony murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Evans was sentenced to 15 years after a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter.

The court said prosecutors deprived Gonnella of the ability to impeach Evans' testimony.

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justus4
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justus4 11/23/09 - 02:32 pm
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Wow! This is so obvious to
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Wow! This is so obvious to me, but 99% of folks don't have a clue. This kinda stunt happens EVERY day in courts, why is THIS one different? Again, this is transparent and shameful to have such legal abuses disguised as errors.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 11/23/09 - 04:43 pm
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You are right justus, both of

You are right justus, both of them should have gotten the death penalty!

anotherlook
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anotherlook 11/23/09 - 04:58 pm
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I question the legality of

I question the legality of the Nolle Prosequi findings in which the prosecution states that it cannot prosecution at this time, but reserves the right to prosecute at a later date. This is unfair to the accused as it remains on their record. If the evidence is not robust enough to allow prosecution, then the charges should be dropped. But this systems approach is taht the accuser must show the burden of proof. However, I don't believe that it is right to hold someone's reputation hostage to charges that may never be brought. Either get a conviction, acquittal, or drop the charges. The Nolle Prosequi finding should be unconstitutional.

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Paredhead 11/23/09 - 06:05 pm
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The man murdered was my

The man murdered was my brother James Henry Williams not John . Please realize our family will have to relive this pain again.

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phillygirl116 11/23/09 - 08:07 pm
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This is a disgrace. What

This is a disgrace. What kind of judical system does our country have that a convicted killer is given freedom. This coward shot my disabled brother, James Henry Williams and left him to die.

Our family must now live through this horrific ordeal over again. Is this fair? do we have rights? Our family will continue to fight for justice for my brother.

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oth23 11/24/09 - 01:46 pm
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justus-- why dont you realize

justus-- why dont you realize that MAYBE JUST MAYBE some families dont want to go through another trial. i'm just throwing this out there.. have you ever had someone super close to you murdered? PROBABLY NOT, BECAUSE IT DOESNT HAPPEN EVERY DAY. :) thanks. so leave your nose out of stuff you dont know... kthnx.

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