Judge: Missouri convict should be exonerated of murder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A judge says a southeast Missouri man convicted of murder for the 2000 killing of a woman should be exonerated.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Judge Darrell Missey issued his report Friday in the case of David Robinson, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Sheila Box in Sikeston. The judge was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to make a recommendation as part of the high court’s review of Robinson’s conviction. It’s unclear how long it will take the Supreme Court to rule.

The judge says police and a former assistant attorney general who tried the case “knowingly presented false testimony” and “failed to take any steps to correct that false testimony.”

Robinson is serving a life sentence, although another man has since confessed to the killing, and two witnesses have recanted. No physical evidence ties Robinson to the murder. Robinson says he was framed.