November 23, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas man accused in a 2011 crime spree will get a new trial after a gaffe involving a PowerPoint slide.
The Nevada Supreme Court reversed Frankie Watters' convictions, saying a photo of him shown at trial with the word "guilty" stamped on it could have tainted the jury.
Watters was sentenced to five to 30 years in prison after he was convicted of possessing a stolen car, grand larceny auto and failing to stop for an officer.
The Nevada Supreme Court issued a ruling Wednesday saying the photo shouldn't have been allowed during prosecutors' opening statements. Defense lawyers had objected to its use.
The Clark County District Attorney's Office had argued that the slide's appearance was harmless and wasn't admitted as evidence, adding that Watters' guilt was overwhelming.