SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A Massachusetts man convicted of murder has been granted a new trial after two witnesses pleaded guilty to perjury for changing their testimony at his co-defendant’s retrial.

Angel Hernandez was convicted in the 2008 death of Alberto Rodriguez in Springfield. Prosecutors alleged that he paid Charles Wilhite to shoot Rodriguez after a long-running feud.

Both Hernandez and Wilhite were convicted in 2010, but Wilhite was acquitted by a second jury in 2013. Two witnesses later pleaded guilty for offering different testimony at the trials.

The Springfield Republican reports (http://bit.ly/2gY962w ) that a judge found earlier this month that the perjury convictions constitute new evidence that didn’t exist at the time of Hernandez’s first trial.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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