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New Trial Hearing Delays Sentencing

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A year after a jury convicted three friends of manslaughter for pulling up a stop sign at an intersection that led to the deaths of three teens, a key witness says the prosecutor made him lie, and the mother of one of the dead youths has joined the fight for a new trial on the grounds that investigators manipulated evidence. The two men and one woman were to be sentenced in Tampa, Fla., Thursday but instead, a judge held a hearing on their request for the new trial. Nissa Baillie, 21, Thomas Miller, 20, and Christopher Cole, 20, were convicted of manslaughter last month. Each faces 27 to 46 years in prison.


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