MIAMI (Reuters) – A British man, who has served 27 years in jail for a grisly double-homicide in Florida, was given a last chance on Monday to convince a US judge that the murders were carried out by Colombian drug traffickers.
Krishna Maharaj, 75, spent a decade on death row for the crime he says he did not commit, before his sentence was appealed and commuted to two life sentences in 1997.
Lawyers for Maharaj say the execution-style murders of Duane and Derrick Moo Young, and Jamaican-American father and son of Chinese descent, at a downtown Miami hotel in 1986 were ordered by Pablo Escobar, the former head of the Medellin cartel.
The defence hopes that new evidence at the three-day hearing will be enough to persuade Florida Circuit Court Judge William Thomas to overturn Maharaj’s conviction. The defence contends Escobar ordered the murders after the Moo Youngs stole money from him, according to court records.