If you need an alibi for a robbery, "I was in jail at the time" seems like a pretty good one.
It wasn't good enough for LaDondrell Montgomery, though: He got a life sentence last month for a crime that happened while he was incarcerated.
That would be something a defense attorney might check, no? Not to mention Montgomery himself, who testified at the trial?
Apparently no one made the connection that the robbery in question happened abut nine hours before Montgomery was released from jail on an unrelated charge.
When someone finally figured it out, a motion for a new trial was filed, and prosecutors went along with it.
Judge Mark Kent Ellis granted it, although the Houston Chronicle reports he castigated attorneys for both sides at the hearing.
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"It boggles the mind that neither side knew about this during trial," the paper reports Ellis said. "Both sides in this case were spectacularly incompetent."
Montgomery, 36, won't be getting out of jail, though. He faces five other counts of robbery, and court records show that seems to be his main profession.