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Prosecutors dispute that witness in 1990 case misled jurors

Stanley Liggins at a pre-trial hearing

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors in Davenport are disputing allegations that they allowed a key witness to give false testimony at three trials of a man charged with killing a girl in 1990.

Scott County Attorney Michael Walton acknowledges in a filing that Antonio Holmes was required to testify at the trial of Stanley Liggins under his plea agreement on theft and burglary charges.

But he says the deal only required that Holmes testify truthfully and not in any particular way against Liggins. Walton says Holmes testified to his opinion when he told jurors that he didn’t receive any benefit for his cooperation.

Liggins is set to stand trial next week for a fourth time in the death of 9-year-old Jennifer Lewis. His defense has asked for the case to be dismissed, alleging that Holmes has been allowed to falsely tell jurors he didn’t get a benefit for testifying.

Holmes says he saw Liggins and Lewis together shortly before she was kidnapped.

A judge is holding a hearing Tuesday to consider the matter.

Click here to see how the hearing has progressed

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