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Aug 15, 2013 5:00 PM by Tony Spehar

Evidence missing in prison slaying case

DENVER (AP) - Defense attorneys are demanding the federal government turn over a videotape of a federal prison yard or dismiss murder charges against their client.

Gary Watland is accused of killing a fellow inmate during a struggle between white supremacist gangs seeking to control the yard at a federal prison in Florence.

Watland's lawyers want an indictment dismissed in the murder of Mark Baker over claims the government destroyed videotaped footage of the prison yard taken Aug. 10, 2008, the day of Baker's death.

The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/kbfn9ce ) it isn't clear what was shown in the videotapes the defense claims the government destroyed. The U.S. Attorney has not responded to the motion to dismiss the charges.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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