Missouri court orders new trial in HIV-infection case

ST. LOUIS – Missouri of the court of appeal has ordered a new trial for a man sentenced to three decades in prison for infecting another man with HIV, and four others in danger with the illness, while attending college.

A Missouri Appeals Court panel sided Tuesday with Michael L. Johnson’s claim that the St. Charles County court abused its discretion in the admission of an extract of the recordings of phone calls Johnson made while in prison. Those pictures were not published to Johnson’s lawyers until the morning of the first day of the trial.

Johnson, a former Lindenwood University student and wrestler, was convicted last year of recklessly infecting another with HIV, and less counts alleged he exposed or attempted to expose others.

The prosecutors claimed Johnson knew he was HIV-positive and lied to sexual partners.

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