Notable Decisions and Other News


Murder Conviction Reversed Due to Prosecutor's Misconduct

May 12, 2014

In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day in 1991, a man was shot and killed in the courtyard of an apartment complex in Brooklyn.  In 2008, Derrick Lloyd was arrested and indicted in connection with the case. His first trial ended in a hung jury.  After his second trial, he was convicted of second-degree murder, as well as second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.  

In a 3-1 decision, the Second Department reversed Mr. Lloyd’s conviction and ordered a new trial, holding that he had been deprived of a fair trial by the prosecutor’s improper suggestion that a non-testifying witness had identified him shortly after the incident.

Alex Donn briefed and argued the case.

The New York Law Journal reported on the case: "Third Trial Granted in 1991 Slaying"