Man convicted of slaying blames verdict on need to blame someone for troubles at complex


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WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania — A man facing a mandatory life prison term in the shooting death of a woman outside a northeastern Pennsylvania apartment complex says he was convicted for the wrong reason.

Twenty-two-year-old Kenneth Evans III was convicted last month in Luzerne County in the November 2013 slaying of 27-year-old Shantique Goodson at the Sherman Hills complex.

Evans told The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader ( ) in an interview this week that he believes the public needed someone to blame for ongoing problems at the complex.

Prosecutors said they believe Evans and Goodson had a dispute the night before the shooting, but Evans said he hadn't spoken to her. He said witnesses who could have exonerated him were afraid to testify.

Evans and his attorney have vowed an appeal of his first-degree murder conviction.

Information from: Times Leader,

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