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Defense attorneys ask Oklahoma County District Judge to dismiss charges against man in murder case

Billy Thompson's murder conviction overturned because prosecutors withheld evidence from his attorneys; Manuel L. Sanchez, 21, was stabbed to death in 2010
by Tim Willert Modified: October 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012
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A hearing on the motion is set for Nov. 14.

Prater said Tuesday his office will “vigorously defend” against the motion.

“We don't think the law supports their proposition,” he said. “We don't think the actions of the previous two lawyers bar us from retrying this case.”

McIntyre testified during the trial that he and Sanchez left the house after an altercation and were walking up the street when Thompson came up behind them and stabbed them.

Kimbrough and Miller were accused of withholding a statement made by witness Jose Padilla that was “inconsistent” with what he previously told police about where the killing took place.

Padilla told investigators after the trial the stabbings occurred in the driveway of Thompson's house, which would have supported Thompson's self-defense claim, his attorneys contend.

“We're confident if he's retried a second time he'll be convicted again,” said David Slane, the attorney representing the victim's family. “While the family is disappointed by another delay, they're still confident they can get justice for Manuel Sanchez.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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