alibi witness

noun

Definition of alibi witness 

law

: a witness upon whom a criminal defendant relies in establishing or providing an alibi

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Foster found evidence proving Johnson’s innocence, including statements from co-defendants, alibi witnesses, and new evidence undercutting an eyewitness that placed him at the scene. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore man exonerated of murder after 30 years in prison," 2 July 2018 Santos also asked for reconsideration solely on the issue of Sherman’s failure to locate the alibi witness. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Wins At Connecticut Supreme Court, Conviction Vacated In 1975 Slaying Of Martha Moxley," 4 May 2018 Syed was granted a post-conviction hearing in February 2016, during which his new attorneys argued that his original counsel had failed to call an alibi witness. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland's second highest court upholds decision overturning Adnan Syed’s murder conviction," 29 Mar. 2018 The lawyer, who said that Skakel was several miles away from the crime scene watching a Monty Python movie with friends, had argued that Sherman had neglected to get in touch with an alibi witness. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder conviction overturned — again," 4 May 2018 The opinion, which found Syed's previous counsel had failed him in deciding not to call a key alibi witness at his trial two decades ago, could be appealed to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. Tribune News Service, OregonLive.com, "Serial's Adnan Syed should get a new trial, appeals court rules," 30 Mar. 2018 One of the three was Sherman’s failure to locate and call the alibi witness, who continues to live near Greenwich and is available to testify at a retrial. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Hurdles In Retrial Of Michael Skakel In Martha Moxley Murder Include Drug Addiction, Suspected Brother," 6 May 2018 Santos argued that Sherman made poor decisions, including not focusing on Skakel's brother as a possible suspect and failing to attempt to contact an alibi witness. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Michael Skakel case: New murder trial ordered for Kennedy cousin," 4 May 2018 The state’s attorney claimed that it had been concocted by the Skakel family and founded on the perjurious testimony of the petitioner’s alibi witnesses. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Wins At Connecticut Supreme Court, Conviction Vacated In 1975 Slaying Of Martha Moxley," 4 May 2018

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