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Mar 10, 2020

News Brief — Utah Federal Court Grants New Trial to Death-Row Prisoner Von Taylor

NEWS (3/​10/​20): Utah fed­er­al dis­trict court has grant­ed a new tri­al to death-row pris­on­er Von Taylor based on defense counsel’s inef­fec­tive­ness in fail­ing to inves­ti­gate the facts before advis­ing him whether to plead guilty. Taylor pled guilty to a dou­ble mur­der and was sen­tenced to death based upon the mis­tak­en belief that he had killed the two vic­tims. Because of counsel’s fail­ure to inves­ti­gate, Taylor was unaware of bal­lis­tics evi­dence indi­cat­ing that his co-defen­dant, not Taylor, had fired the shots that killed the vic­tims. In a March 102020