Darien Harris conviction vacated due to witness blindness
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A man’s gas station murder conviction is getting thrown out because of the revelation that the key eyewitness was legally blind. Even so, Cook County prosecutors who agreed to vacate the guilty verdict now plan on retrying the defendant Darien Harris, 30.

Judge Diana Kenworthy of the Circuit Court of Cook County ruled that Harris must stay behind bars in light of the serious nature of the case and the decades he faces in prison if convicted again, according to The Chicago Sun Times.

Someone — if not Harris — fatally shot Rondell Moore and injured gas station mechanic Quincy Woulard at a BP station on S. Stony Island Avenue on June 7, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. Moore had arrived at the station with his brother, Ronald Moore, due to car trouble.

Prosecutors reportedly claim Harris, then 18, stepped out of a Lexus and began shooting, striking Rondell Moore three times in the back, and Woulard in the chest and under the man’s right arm.

A court vacated the conviction of Darien Harris, pictured in inset, for allegedly murdering Rondell Moore and injuring Quincy Woulard at a BP gas station, but prosecutors want to retry him in spite of the revelation that the key eyewitness was legally blind. (Mug shot: Cook County Jail; screenshot of the gas station: WLS)

A court vacated the conviction of Darien Harris, pictured in inset, for allegedly murdering Rondell Moore and injuring Quincy Woulard at a BP gas station, but prosecutors want to retry him in spite of the revelation that the key eyewitness was legally blind. (Mug shot: Cook County Jail; screenshot of gas station: WLS)

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