Posted: Oct 13, 2010 4:59 PM by Greg Boyce
DENVER (AP) - A man who once faced the death penalty for a brutal prison slaying has won a new trial after a Colorado judge ruled that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence that could have won the man an acquittal.
David Bueno, a former inmate at Limon Correctional Facility, was convicted of first-degree murder in April 2008 in the death of Jeffrey Heird. District Judge Douglas Tallman ruled that prosecutors failed to turn over a letter and a report that suggested other inmates killed Heird in 2004.
Tallman ruled last week that the information bolstered Bueno's defense and could have affected the trial's outcome. District Attorney Carol Chambers had sought the death penalty against Bueno, but jurors recommended a life sentence instead.