Conn. court: Murder convictions wrongly reversed

July 8, 2011 - 12:30 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered new trials for two men in a 1993 killing, saying a judge was wrong to overturn their convictions last year.

The high court released a unanimous decision Friday in the cases of George Gould and Ronald Taylor. The two were set free after Superior Court Judge Stanley Fuger ruled that they were victims of "manifest injustice" and declared them "actually innocent" after a key prosecution witness recanted.

The Supreme Court, however, says Fuger's ruling was improper because there wasn't any evidence of the men's innocence.

Gould and Taylor were sentenced to 80 years in prison for the killing of a New Haven shop owner.

A state prosecutor says authorities haven't decided whether to try to have both men put back in prison.