Compromise Reached Over Evidence in Marley Lion Murder Case

Attorneys involved in the Marley Lion murder trial announced an agreement on rules for evidence

The men accused of killing 17-year-old Marley Lion on June 16, 2012 will be allowed access to case files in their cell, but certain key information will be redacted according to a deal reached by defense attorneys and Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson.

"We are happy with the decision, and actually the decision of the defense council not to fight us on this," Wilson said. "I think we would have prevailed, but they saw the wisdom of what we are doing, the reason the community needs this."

Prior to the agreement Ryan Deleston, Bryan Latrell Rivers and Julius Terrell Brown, were barred from having any pages of case files while in jail. That ban stemmed from a motion Wilson filed in December to limit the information the defense was allowed to see citing witness protection and safety as concerns.

Now all information that could be used to identify any witnesses, including their addresses and any photos will be redacted before it is turned over to the defense.

Lion was shot five times while he slept in his car around 4 a.m. on June 16, 2012 in a parking lot off Savannah Highway. All three defendants are charged with his murder, but Deleston is the one who allegedly pulled the trigger.

Cold War Vet March 07, 2013 at 03:50 PM
If anyone ever deserved the death penalty, it's these three thugs. Scarlett Wilson needs to set aside any thought about how much time and money it takes to prosecute these thugs to the fullest extent of the law and demand the death penalty, It'll be worth every penny to have them all executed.
Wendy Molinaroli March 07, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I agree. They did not have to shoot him - he was sleeping and they woke him up. The murder was cruel and senseless. They came back and shot this 17 year old boy repeatedly. They all have criminal records as long as your arm and have spent little to no real time in prison. What does it take to put evil away??
Francis Reed Stapleton July 17, 2013 at 05:42 AM
The state apparently just turned them all loose multiple times on probation for felonies before this wtf
e powell July 17, 2013 at 09:32 AM
No comparison, 2 totally different scenarios, so you can't compare. These 3 murderers should never see the outside of a jail for the rest of their lives.


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