A convicted killer asks for his case to be thrown out. Six months ago, a jury convicted Billy Thompson, but a judge ordered a new trial after learning prosecutors withheld evidence.
Now, the victim's family worries the accused killer will go free.
Defense lawyers claim the state blew its chance to prove the case against Billy Thompson when prosecutors knowingly deceived the court. Now the victim's family fears they could be cheated out of justice, if Billy Thompson walks out of here a free man.
Estherlene Harjochee knows her son, Manuel Sanchez, will never get a second chance at life, but his accused killer could.
Although a jury convicted Billy Thompson of stabbing Sanchez to death, a judge order a new trial for the convicted killer after learning prosecutors withheld evidence in the case. Sanchez's family initially worried about the second trial, but now they have new concerns.
David Slane represents the family, and says he and new prosecutors assigned to the case are dedicated to working against any request to dismiss the murder charge against Thompson, and are hopeful for a second conviction.
Now the family hopes things can be made right for Manuel Sanchez, and their peace of mind.
District Attorney David Prater told us he does not think there is any legal basis to sustain this motion, and his office is working aggressively against it, and is mostly sorry to hear it will cause another delay for the family.
Thompson's new trial was set for October 15, but has now been continued. We will be following this case and bring you any updates.