Motion filed for new trial in Detavis King case

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - There's been another delay in the sentencing of the Chesterfield teenager convicted of killing 16 year old Ryan Matko. The defense wants a new trial.

The judge set a new date to decide whether Detavis King gets a new trial or will be sentenced. King's defense says his client didn't get a fair trial last August. The Commonwealth says the defense's claims are without merit.

Ryan Matko's mother, Rose, left court disappointed and frustrated. She wants all this behind her so she can start to heal. But says she's here for the long run.

The judge continued King's case until mid-March. This after the Commonwealth Attorney filed a response Monday to the defense's motion for a new trial.

Among seven claims, the defense contends the prosecution's star witness, Dominique Johnson, provided information to police as part of a deal with the Commonwealth to "work off" previous drug charges.

But the Commonwealth states there was no "deal", that charges against Johnson were resolved four months before King was indicted.

"I'm just not concerned I think the right person has been convicted and I believe in the jury and I believe in the justice system and I know justice is right around the corner for us," said Rose Matko.

Both sides will return to court on March 18. The Commonwealth plans to put four witnesses on the stand.

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