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California Supreme Court Vacates Man’s Conviction For LAPD Officer’s Murder

Los Angeles Daily News-

The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed Thursday to vacate a man’s conviction for the June 1983 killing of a Los Angeles police officer in Lake View Terrace.

In a 49-page ruling, the state’s highest court concluded that Kenneth Earl Gay, now 62, was “denied his constitutional right to the assistance of competent counsel” during the guilt phase of his trial, in which he was convicted of murdering Officer Paul Verna.

The justices noted that the prosecution has the “opportunity to retry Gay if they so choose.”

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