RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has revived a Virginia death-row inmate's innocence claims.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled Thursday that a judge failed to thoroughly analyze new evidence in Ivan Teleguz's case. The court sent the case back to U.S. District Judge James P. Jones in Roanoke for a closer look.
Teleguz was sentenced to death for hiring another man to kill Stephanie Sipe, his former girlfriend and the mother of his infant son, in Harrisonburg. Two key witnesses who testified against Teleguz have since recanted. He also has new witnesses who say he did not attend a party where he was alleged to have hired the hit man.
The appeals court says Jones must consider the totality of the evidence.