Crime & Justice

Judge tosses murder conviction of Raymond Lee Jennings, jailed for 11 years

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A Los Angeles judge has thrown out the murder conviction of a former security guard convicted of killing a college student, ruling that new evidence seems to undermine the prosecution's case.

Raymond Lee Jennings served 11 years behind bars in the slaying of Michelle O'Keefe, who was shot in a Palmdale parking lot in 2000.

Jennings maintained he had nothing to do with the 18-year-old's murder.

Superior Court Judge William Ryan in June ordered Jennings released, and on Monday tossed his conviction.

Prosecutors had requested the move, saying newly discovered evidence pointed to his innocence.

The case was handled by the Conviction Review Unit of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The unit, founded in 2015, looks at claims of wrongful convictions. It's received nearly 1,100 claims of innocence.

This story has been updated.