The judge overturned the man’s conviction in 2011 in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge overturned a Missouri man’s murder conviction in a case in which investigators failed to disclose that a witness was in a romantic relationship with the lead detective.

Judge Timothy Boyer on Friday overturned Lamont Cambell’s conviction in the death of Lenny Gregory III, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Gregory, the son of a retired St. Louis police officer, was found shot to death in an SUV in south St. Louis in July 2011.

Cambell was 17 when the shooting happened. A jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict after a trial in 2013. Prosecutors tried him again in 2016, this time winning a conviction. Cambell was sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.

Cambell, now 28, then argued his attorney was ineffective.

A witness identification expert, Jennifer Dysart, testified to Boyer in spring 2022 that the witness statements were unreliable due to poor lighting on the night of the shooting. Two witnesses were married, which allowed them to compare their stories, and descriptions of the shooter’s height differed, Dysart said.

Lead detective Jeff Hyatt’s ex-wife testified that she learned in 2017 that her husband was having an affair with a witness. Text messages indicated the affair had been going on since at least July 2016 before Cambell’s trial. Boyer wrote that the defense’s relationship should have been disclosed.

Mary Fox, who represented Cambell in court and now heads the state defense attorney’s office, told the judge she could have done more to investigate the possibility of another perpetrator. She said she learned after the trial that a neighbor saw several people fighting with Gregory the night he was killed.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/judge-overturns-mans-conviction-in-2011-st-louis-death/ The judge overturned the man’s conviction in 2011 in St. Louis

Sarah Y. Kim

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