Utah Supreme Court overturns murder conviction

The Utah Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction against a man found guilty of killing his wife in a moving vehicle.

Komasquin Lopez has stood by his story that his wife shot herself. The Utah Supreme court threw out the guilty verdict on Friday.

The justices ruled that prosecutors were wrongly allowed by the trial judge to tell the jury about previous allegations that Lopez pointed a gun at people and allow an expert to testify about how likely Shannon Lopez was to commit suicide.

According to authorities, Shannon Lopez had a "toxic" level of methamphetamine in her system at the time of her death in Dec. 2013. Her husband said the shooting happened after he threatened to leave her.

Prosecutors argue that the physical evidence didn't match a suicide.

Photo courtesy of Salt Lake County Jail.



The Utah Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction of a man found guilty of killing his wife in a moving pickup truck.

Komasquin Lopez has long maintained that his wife shot herself, and on Friday the high court tossed out the guilty verdict.

The justices ruled the trial judge was wrong to allow prosecutors to tell the jury about previous allegations that Lopez had pointed a gun at people and allow an expert to testify about how likely Shannon Lopez was to kill herself.

Authorities have said Shannon Lopez had a "toxic" level of methamphetamine in her system at the time of her death in December 2013. Komasquin Lopez said the shooting happened after he threatened to leave her.

Prosecutors, though, said the physical evidence didn't match a suicide.

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