From behind bars, Raymond Lee Jennings begged a judge to throw out his murder conviction. He’d been in the dimly lit Palmdale parking that winter night as a security guard, but he swore he had nothing to do with killing 18-year-old Michelle O’Keefe.
Now — more than a decade after his arrest — he has a surprise ally in his request to drop the case: The same district attorney’s office that prosecuted him.
In a letter filed in court this week, Los Angeles County prosecutors said they agree the conviction should be tossed out “based on newly discovered evidence pointing to his factual innocence.”
“It's finally come to an end,” Jennings said after a court hearing Thursday. “A bit of elation, a bit of sadness.”