Evidence keyed to Mueller
United States v. Lightly
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Terrance McKinley, an inmate in Virginia, was stabbed during an assault in his cell. Fellow inmates Randy Lightly, Defendant, and Clifton McDuffie were investigated. Defendant was the only one formally charged. McDuffie was found incompetent to stand trial by a court appointed psychiatrist. Defendant was convicted of assault with intent to commit murder and sentenced to ten years in prison. Defendant claimed that he observed McKinley and McDuffie fighting and he tried to stop it. He was corroborated by three other inmates. Defendant sought McDuffie’s testimony but the court ruled that he was incompetent to testify.
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