Prosecutor says he's innocent, but judge says she can't order new trial for convicted murderer

Prosecutor says he's innocent, but judge says she can't order new trial for convicted murderer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri judge has ruled that she doesn’t have the authority to grant a new trial for a man serving a life sentence for a murder he and others contend he didn’t commit.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Circuit Judge Elizabeth Hogan’s ruling on Friday means Lamar Johnson, 45, will remain in prison for the 1994 murder of Marcus Boyd, 25.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner and the Midwest Innocence Project are seeking a new trial for Johnson. Last month, a report from Gardner’s office said misconduct by police and a former St. Louis prosecutor had led to Johnson’s conviction.

Hogan’s ruling noted that Johnson may appeal to a higher court, although he has been unsuccessful in three previous appeals.

Gardner’s spokeswoman, Susan Ryan, said the office would appeal Hogan’s ruling.