Boston-area man granted new trial in 1986 killing

Prosecutors are considering the ruling

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-area man who spent 26 years in prisons for a 1986 killing has been granted a new trial.

The Boston Globe reports that the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Michael Sullivan’s case should be reconsidered because new forensic testing showed no invisible blood on a jacket that was the only physical evidence against him.

The Somerville man was freed last year when a state judge overturned his conviction for killing 54-year-old Wilfred McGrath in Cambridge.

At his 1991 trial, an expert witness testified there was blood on the jacket. A prosecution witness who received a more lenient sentence, Gary Grace, testified Sullivan wore the jacket when McGrath was beaten. A defense witness said he and Grace, not Sullivan, killed McGrath.

Prosecutors are considering the ruling. Sullivan’s lawyer urged an end to the case.


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