Simpson v. StateAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's convictions for first-degree murder and remanded this case to the trial court for a new trial, holding that Defendant was entitled to postconviction relief as to the guilt phase of his trial.
A jury found Defendant guilty of two murders, and the trial court ultimately imposed a sentence of death for each murder. The Supreme Court affirmed on direct appeal. Defendant subsequently filed a motion for postconviction relief, raising several Brady claims as to the guilt phase of his trial. The postconviction court denied relief. The Supreme Court reversed the denial of postconviction relief as to the guilt phase and vacated Defendant's murder convictions, holding (1) the State committed a Brady violation by failing to disclose that one of the witnesses was a confidential informant for the State; and (2) the Brady violation undermined confidence in the outcome of the trial.