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Judge to hear motion for new trial in Roberts murder case

Posted on : January 22, 2016

“Mouzis said prosecutors had the wrong person. She argued that a transient who occasionally lived with the family of Jessica’s best friend and was interviewed by law enforcement in the days after Jessica’s body was found was responsible for the teen’s death.

A murder weapon was never recovered and a motive never established, but after six days of deliberation, jurors in September convicted Roberts of first-degree murder. Roberts, arrested in August 2013 in the girl’s slaying, remains held at Sacramento County Main Jail.

Mouzis has continued to fight sentencing in the case, filing motions alleging juror misconduct; arguing to introduce evidence of a potential suspect; and in a motion filed this week, contending that DNA taken from Roberts after a prior arrest in which he was never charged was unconstitutionally used by authorities against him in Jessica’s murder case.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article56161565.html#storylink=cpy

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