Monday, June 18, 2012
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's highest court has reversed a lower court's ruling and reinstated convictions of a man found guilty in his wife's death.
The lower court had said the state suppressed evidence and committed errors that compromised the trial for Christopher Lewis, accused of fatally stabbing his wife Cheryl in December 1996.
In a unanimous opinion released Monday, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Hugh Thompson wrote that there was no reasonable probability that the result of the trial would have been different if the evidence in question had been disclosed to the defense. The high court also found that the lower court was wrong to grant Lewis relief on claims of misconduct by the prosecutor, including a reference to O.J. Simpson.
This was the fourth time Lewis' case had come before the Georgia Supreme Court.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)