SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Connecticut man sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of fatally shooting an innocent bystander outside a Springfield bar in 1986 has been granted a new trial.
Mark Schand of Hartford, Conn., has always maintained that he did not shoot 25-year-old Victoria Seymour in September 1986.
His wife testified at the 1987 trial that he was with her at her beauty salon the night of the shooting.
His lawyers say several witnesses have recanted, saying they were offered deals inn their own cases if they said Schand fired the fatal shots.
Hampden District Attorney Mastroianni (mass-tree-AHN'-ee) on Friday filed a document saying he does not oppose Schand's motion for a new trial.
Mastroianni tells The Republican (http://bit.ly/1bwK7d5 ) he will review the case before deciding whether to proceed.
Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/
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