A former Syracuse man whose cold case murder conviction was overturned in 2016 will go back on trial today.
In 2014, Ronald Meadow was convicted of murdering 27-year-old Colleen Meadow in her Rugby Square apartment over three decades ago.
The State Supreme Court said that some of the evidence presented by the prosecution constituted hearsay, but the judge did not specify for the jury that it was hearsay.
Meadow’s trial attorney Ed Menkin said he objected several times to witnesses being allowed to testify that Colleen told them of past abuse by her husband.
“We have no way of knowing what the circumstances were, whether or not this was accurate, we certainly can’t cross-examine the victim in this case,” Ed Menkin said.
The four-judge panel also found the error substantial because there was not other evidence it considered overwhelming enough to render this hearsay testimony not substantial to the jury’s decision.
“The evidence that was erroneously admitted tipped the scales unfairly and this was not a case where ‘well it doesn’t really make a difference the proof was overwhelming’,” Menkin said.
Syracuse Police arrested Meadow at his new home in Georgia in 2013.