Wrestler Facing 30 Years For Infecting Men With HIV Gets A New Trial
Remember this guy Tiger Mandingo AKA Michael Johnson? The gay college athlete allegedly recorded more than 30 videos of himself having unprotected sex with men while he had HIV.
According to Fusion, Johnson is now facing a new trial after facing 30 years for his alleged sex crimes.
The Missouri Court of Appeals has overturned Johnson’s conviction and demanded a new trial after it determined that the prosecution in the case had knowingly withheld evidence in order to “gain a strategic advantage” over Johnson’s defense.
The evidence consists of recordings of phone calls that Johnson made while being held in jail.
“In his first point on appeal, Johnson contends that the trial court erred by admitting the excerpted recordings of phone calls Johnson made while in jail that the State did not disclose to the defense until the morning of the first day of the trial,” court documents read. “Johnson argues that the State’s disclosure of the recordings was untimely under Missouri Supreme Court Rule 25.03 and rendered his trial fundamentally unfair. We agree.”
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