His Murder Conviction Was Overturned After 32 Years In Prison — Now Judge Says Prosecutors Can Retry Him

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Darrell Jones after his 2017 release (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Darrell Jones after his 2017 release (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Darrell Jones, who served 32 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit, is headed back to court.

In 2017, his conviction was overturned after a judge ruled he didn't receive a fair trial.

We learned, among other things, that members of the jury were determined to convict him because he's black.

There was no physical evidence or motive linking Jones to the 1985 murder in Brockton — and he has always maintained his innocence.

But Friday, a judge ruled that Jones can't suppress eyewitness testimony, giving prosecutors the go-ahead to pursue a new trial.


Bruce Gellerman, WBUR senior reporter. His reporting unveiled evidence that helped lead to Jones' release. He tweets @AudioBruce.

This segment aired on April 12, 2019.


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