Hearing postponed in juvenile murder conviction

Published: 11/28/2016 9:12:22 PM

A hearing date has been postponed until next year for a man who was convicted in New Hampshire of murder as a juvenile and seeks to have his life sentence reduced.

A hearing for Eduardo Lopez Jr. was scheduled this fall. He was convicted of shooting Nashua restaurant owner Robert Goyette when he was 17 in 1991. The Telegraph reported lawyers now have until March 1 to file disclosure documents. A status conference is scheduled for April 12.

The state Supreme Court had ruled in 2014 that Lopez and others convicted of murder as teenagers should receive new sentencing hearings.

It came after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 2012 ruling that found it unconstitutional to sentence juvenile offenders to life imprisonment without parole.

Associated Press




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