This is the fourth attempt at trying Hammond as there have been two mistrials and most recently the case was delayed during a third attempt in August.On Tuesday, a key witness who had previously refused to testify, Ike Kinnison, told Judge Angela McCormick Bisig he would cooperate.
Dejuan Hammond's first trial ended last year when prosecutors couldn't find key witnesses. The second trial ended in a mistrial in April when prosecutors found a summary of an interview with a key witness that had never been turned over to the defense. Princess Bolin, Hammond's former girlfriend, gave him an alibi for the murder in the interview. She has since changed her story and is expected to be a key witness against Hammond.
The third trial was postponed it was revealed that prosecutors had a jail informant they had not told defense attorneys about.Defense attorneys have asked Bisig to dismiss the case three times for prosecutorial misconduct, claiming prosecutors have repeatedly withheld evidence. Bisig has agreed with the defense in two of those motions that evidence was improperly withheld, but has allowed the case to go forward.