CHICAGO, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A judge ordered a new trial for two Chicago men serving life terms for a double murder after ruling a key witness against them lied at trial.
The ruling came Friday in the case of James Bannister after a hearing before Judge James Schreier.
The Chicago Tribune reported Schreier also granted a new trial to co-defendant Eric Smith, but turned down requests from five other co-defendants seeking new trials.
All seven had been convicted in 1991 for roles in the November 1989 shooting that killed two people, including a security guard, near the Illinois Institute of Technology, in what the police believed was revenge for a sexual attack on a woman the men knew.
Schreier said in his ruling a key prosecution witness, a gang member, Deanda Wilson, who was 12 at the time of the crime, "was not accurate and truthful" at trial and "the outcome (of the trial) would have been different if not for Wilson's perjured testimony."