BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The State Supreme Court has vacated the convictions of two men found guilty of murdering an 18-year-old college student in Boston.
Antwan Carter and Daniel Pinkney were convicted of murder for the 2007 shooting in Roxbury of Cedrick Steele, who was not affiliated with any gangs. Both Carter and Pinkney have known gang affiliations.
Steele was believed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer. He was shot eight times.
Carter and Pinkey were convicted of murder but now, the State Supreme Court has tossed the convictions.
They said, the judge should have forced the state to explain why they wanted to exclude a Black prospective juror, who was the same race and approximate age of the defendants.
Carter and Pinkney were convicted after two mistrials, and this ruling means the family of Cedrick Steele will likely have to attend a fourth murder trial.
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) Reports: