Sentencing delayed for man convicted of killing homeless man in Utica

In May, Raekwon Winston was found guilty on three counts in the murder case of Lawrence Edwards.

Posted: Jul 24, 2019 12:46 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Sentencing did not happen for the man convicted of murdering a homeless man in 2016.

Instead Wednesday in court, the attorney for Raekwon Winston asked to present new evidence in the case.

In May, Raekwon Winston was found guilty on three counts in the murder case of Lawrence Edwards.

Edwards was found dead in a parking lot at the intersection of John and Rutger streets. Winston faces 25 years to life in prison.

In another twist, the Winston asked for a new attorney to represent him.

“It's come to my attention based on information from my client that there could be new information from a couple of witnesses that were originally subpeonaed by the district attorney's office that did not give testimony, that now have testimony that would be beneficial to Mr. Winston. that could prove his innocence,” said Matthew Fanelli, the defense attorney.

Winston asked the court for a new assigned attorney.

August 7 motions will be submitted, and the case goes back to court August 21 for the new evidence to be heard.

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