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The underlying case was a civil claim of premises liability arising from the stabbing of Plaintiff. Plaintiff alleged the stabbing occurred on Defendant’s property. At issue during trial was whether the stabbing occurred on Defendant’s property or in an alley behind Defendant’s property, thereby negating any liability for the assault. During trial, Defendant’s expert crime scene analyst, Louis Akin, testified that the stabbing occurred in the alley. The jury returned a verdict for Defendant. Plaintiff filed a motion for a new trial, alleging that Akin committed perjury by falsely testifying about his credentials as an expert witness. The trial court sustained Plaintiff’s motion. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in finding that Akin willfully and deliberately testified falsely about a material fact and that an improper verdict was occasioned by the perjured testimony.