Prosecutors County Murder Suspect's Witness Claim

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - An assistant district attorney is calling a witness' testimony in a case against a convicted murderer untrue.

Coty Newman pleaded guilty to first degree murder and attempted second degree murder in March. The charges stemmed from the 2010 shooting death of Matthew Mitchell on the Topeka West High School campus.

But in July, Newman filed a motion to withdraw his plea. He stated a man named James Martin, who claims he was homeless and staying at the Topeka West campus at the time of the shooting, could prove Newman didn't pull the trigger.

During a motions hearing Wednesday, prosecutor Veronica Dersch tells 13 News she called two witness who testified Martin was, in fact, incarcerated at the time.

Dersch says Judge Evelyn Wilson will issue a written ruling on the matter later. A docket hearing is set for October 17th.


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