Officer’s Murderer Seeks a New Trial

From Times Staff Reports

A man on death row for gunning down an LAPD detective in 1985 in front of the policeman’s 6-year-old son has asked for a new trial, alleging that police and prosecutors concocted evidence and steered witness testimony in his first trial.

The petition was filed Friday with the state Supreme Court on behalf of Daniel S. Jenkins, 48, who was convicted of killing Det. Thomas C. Williams in retaliation for the lawman’s testimony against him in an armed robbery and assault trial. Two other men, whom Jenkins offered to pay $10,000 to kill Williams, were also convicted for their involvement in the murder.