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.