MO AG responds to judge's report on Sikeston man's murder conviction

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Attorney General has responded to a judge's report calling for a Sikeston man's murder conviction to be thrown out.

Attorney General Josh Hawley's 75-page court filing defends the actions of lead Detective John Blakely.

"This Court should revise its report and remove its conclusions that Blakely lied under oath, that he suppressed exculpatory evidence, and that he knowingly proffered unreliable evidence as those foundations lack support in the record," according to Hawley in the court documents.

Sikeston's city manager put Blakely on paid administrative leave after that special judge's report called out his actions on the murder case that sent David Robinson to prison.

Hawley said the court should remove its conclusions that Blakely lied or suppressed evidence.

"The State knowingly presented perjury at his trial," Hawley continued. "In doing so, however, this Court misapplied the law and should revise its report to remove the finding."

He also suggested there's nothing to prove that the detective had any motivation to focus solely on Robinson.

Hawley's report set the stage for what both sides will lay out to the state's highest court.

That's expected to happen in late spring 2018.

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