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A Chicago man convicted of murder and sentenced to 76 years behind bars has had his conviction overturned and will be retried after a key witness was revealed as legally blind.
Darien Harris was an 18-year-old high school student when he was charged with murder after a shooting at a South Side gas station in June 2011.
The shooting left one man dead and another seriously injured in an ambush style attack.
Dexter Saffold, A passerby at the time of the shooting however, identified Harris as the shooter.
It has now been revealed that key eyewitness was registered as legally blind due to his glaucoma which was not disclosed during the trial.
Darien Harris, 30, was convicted for the 2011 murder of Rondell Moore, 23, and sentenced to 76 years in prison in 2014
The station's surveillance system did not capture the shooting, but prosecutors said the video did show an individual walking away from a black Lexus
It has now been revealed that key eyewitness was registered as legally blind due to his glaucoma which was not disclosed during the trial
Harris' attorney, Lauren Myerscough-Mueller, who said in court filings that Harris was wrongfully convicted based on mistaken eyewitness testimonies and without physical evidence tying him to the crime.
On Tuesday, Cook County Judge Diana Kenworthy vacated Harris' conviction and sentence, saying simply: 'So we are going to start over.'
Harris will be retried on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.
The judge, citing the serious nature of the charges, declined to free Harris while he awaits his new trial.
Shackled at the ankles and dressed in blue jail garb,