Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:49 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Supreme Court has decided unanimously to overturn a man’s conviction in the killing of a Los Angeles police officer 37 years ago during a traffic stop. The high court cited extensive evidence that the defense lawyer for Kenneth Earl Gay was incompetent. The justices reversed the conviction that sent Gay to death row in Officer Paul Verna’s 1983 killing. The court overturned Gay's death sentence years ago, and a new trial was held on whether he should be condemned to death. Another jury recommended death, but the second death sentence also was overturned.