By Gregory B. Hladky
11:40 AM EDT, June 20, 2012
One of the oddest and most convoluted trials in recent Connecticut history, which will decide whether George Gould stays in prison for a murder he insists he never committed, has come to an end.
The Hartford Courant's David Owens reports that state Superior Court Judge Samuel J. Sferrazza isn't expected to hand down a ruling until this fall.
Gould's first attempt to win his freedom from prison resulted in a different state judge calling his conviction a miscarriage of justice, but the state Supreme Court ordered a second trial.
The case stems from a 1993 murder of a New Haven bodega owner named Eugenio Vega DeLeon. Gould and Ronald Taylor were convicted in the case and sentenced to 80 years in prison.
Since then, key witnesses have recanted their testimony. Taylor died of colon cancer. A private investigator for Gould has been arrested on charges of attempting to influence witnesses. Lawyers for Gould and Taylor claim the real killer was the murder victim's son.
Meanwhile, Gould remains in prison awaiting Sferrazza's ruling.
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