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Hearing set for man in Springfield killing

July 2, 2012
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—A judge has denied bail for a man who was convicted in a 2008 killing, but recently won a new trial.

Hampden County Superior Court Judge Peter Velis cited Charles Wilhite's criminal record in his decision Monday to keep Velis behind bars.

Wilhite and co-defendant Angel Hernandez were convicted of first-degree murder and were serving life sentences in the shooting death of Alberto Rodriguez outside a neighborhood market in Springfield.

In May, Velis granted Wilhite a new trial after a key prosecution witness recanted his original identification of Wilhite as the shooter. The judge also found there was no physical evidence linking Wilhite to the murder.

Prosecutors have decided to retry the case and have alleged that Hernandez, who had an ongoing feud with Rodriguez, paid Wilhite to shoot Rodriguez.

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