SJC Orders New Trial For Convicted Killer

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- A convicted killer is getting a new trial after a woman claimed in a death-bed statement that a witness in his case couldn't have seen the shooting--because, she says, they were having sex at the time.

In 2005, a Boston jury found Kenji Drayton guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Michael Green in a Dorchester house back in 2001.

The prosecution's case was based almost entirely on the testimony of James Jackson, who said he saw the shooting.

But a year and a half after the trial, a woman named Debra Bell--who was dying of cancer--gave a statement saying Jackson could not have witnessed the shooting because he was having sex with her in the bathroom at the time.

The SJC said the statement "casts real doubt on the justice of the ... convictions and therefore the defendant is entitled to a new trial."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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