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Judge grants new trial for man freed from prison after 18 years, citing police and prosecutor misconduct

Shaun Jenkins was freed in September after spending nearly 19 years in prison for a murder that he maintains he did not commit.

Shaun Jenkins, left, and his attorney, Lisa M. Kavanaugh, during a Zoom hearing on Dec. 9. Zoom via Boston Globe


Shaun Jenkins, who was freed in September after spending nearly 19 years in prison for a murder that he maintains he did not commit, was granted a new trial by a Suffolk Superior Court judge on Monday, following revelations of misconduct during the investigation and prosecution of his case, records show.

Recently uncovered files show a Boston police detective paid a key witness and prosecutors withheld evidence that could have pointed to another suspect in the 2001 murder of Stephen Jenkins, Shaun’s cousin, in Dorchester, according to a decision from Superior Court Justice Kenneth W. Salinger.

“Taken together, this misconduct deprived Jenkins of a fair trial,” Salinger wrote. “As a result, justice has not been done. The Court will therefore exercise its discretion to allow Jenkins’ renewed motion for a new trial and vacate his conviction and sentence for murder.”

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