Judge asked to reconsider murder case dismissal

Paul Brown murder trial

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Mahoning County prosecutors are asking a judge to reconsider her decision to dismiss a local murder case.

Last month, Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney threw out charges against Paul Brown, 35, in the death of Ashton Jackson several years ago. At the time, defense lawyers claimed Youngstown police had mishandled Brown’s cell phone, ruining some potential evidence in the defendant’s favor.

But now, prosecutors said they have uncovered new evidence about that phone and it was not ruined after all.

The prosecutor’s office is asking the judge to vacate her dismissal and allow the case to go forward again.

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