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In the News: Murder conviction overturned after DA withholds evidence
Centre County Court of Common Pleas Judge Bradley P. Lunsford overturned the third-degree murder conviction of Andrew Rogers after ruling that the district attorney improperly withheld evidence. Rogers was convicted of killing Youngcheol Park. After his arrest, Rogers claimed that Park and someone by the name of “Sweet” tried to rob him and that Park’s killing was in self-defense. While the prosecution dismissed Rogers’ story, they failed to inform his attorneys that a person matching “Sweet’s” descripton was arrested while in possession of Park’s watch. The D.A. claimed that he withheld the evidence from the defense because “we didn’t see it as a necessary item to turn over.” Rogers will be re-tried.