A death row inmate convicted of gunning down a Vista jewelry store owner in 1992 is entitled to public documents he’s seeking in connection with his claim that the District Attorney’s Office sought the death penalty based on his race or the race of the victim, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The 4th District Court of Appeal — overturning a lower court ruling — found that La Twon Weaver could be given charging documents in other homicide cases filed by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office between 1977 and 1993 to address allegations that the district attorney selectively prosecuted capital cases.
The District Attorney’s Office had rejected Weaver’s requests, maintaining that the documents sought were investigatory files and therefore exempt; could jeopardize the privacy rights of defendants and victims; and that the request would be overly burdensome.
A three-justice appeals panel disagreed, ruling that Weaver was entitled to the public records.
Weaver waived a jury trial and was convicted of first-degree murder and special circumstances of robbery and burglary during a murder in the May 6, 1992, killing of Michael Broome.
Broome, the owner of Shadowridge Jewelers, was fatally shot at point- blank range.
–City News Service