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Retrial Requested in Minnesota Toyota Homicide

Attorneys want a new jury for imprisoned Minnesota man.

by on Mar.25, 2010

Attorneys for the Minnesota man sentenced in connection with a fatal 2006 crash involving a “runaway” Toyota Camry that killed three people have asked a Minnesota, district judge to grant a new trial.

The petition for a new trial filed in the case, Koua Fong Lee v. State of Minnesota, No. 62-K8-07-000965, includes numerous affidavits from individuals that experienced sudden acceleration in their older model Toyota vehicles, including seven with the same 1996 Toyota Camry model as Mr. Lee.

“On numerous occasions, (Ramsey) County Attorney Susan Gaertner has publicly said if we show her the evidence she will immediately act on it,” says Robert Hilliard from the Texas-based law firm of Hilliard Munoz Guerra.

In June 2006, Mr. Lee was driving his Toyota Camry when it unexpectedly accelerated before crashing into another car and killing Javis Adams, 33, his son Javis Adams Jr., 10, and his niece Devyn Bolton, 7. Mr. Lee was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in October 2007 and sentenced to eight years in prison.

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Justice?

“Here it is, it is time for her to act. We’ve now given her more than enough evidence to join with us in asking the Court to grant our client an immediate new trial, and we hope they move quickly to release Koua and this time allow a fair trial where the jury hears all of the evidence,” Hilliard claims.    (more…)