CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – The family of murder victim Ryan Matko appeared in court, hoping 18-year old Detavis King would be sentenced. The teen faces up to life in prison for the 2007 crime.
But instead the judge granted defense attorney Greg Sheldon a continuance based on a motion which claims prosecutors didn't give Sheldon information about key witness: Domonique Johnson, until after the August trial.
This motion says Johnson was facing drug charges, that he and another witness previously dated, that Johnson admitted to shooting someone, that his step-father is a Richmond police officer and that King's fingerprints were not found on Matko's car. The defense will have three months to review all transcripts pertaining to the case.
At the next hearing he will argue that had the jury been given the information the outcome would be different.
Matko's family, which didn't want to comment, was upset over the news. His mother, let out a loud sigh when the judge approved the extra time.
Detavis King will be back in court February 23. It's expected that his attorney will ask for a new trial.