Plymouth County DA: Conn. doctor’s trial testimony inconsistent

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP)

An attorney for a Connecticut medical examiner says it’s unclear why his client has been charged with perjury in Massachusetts.

Dr. Frank Evangelista has been charged by the Plymouth District Attorney’s office with perjury and misleading authorities.

A prosecutor said at a hearing Thursday in Brockton Superior Court that Evangelista is charged with perjury for his testimony during a murder trial. Prosecutors say there were “material inconsistencies” between Evangelista’s testimony during a 2004 trial for one defendant and a 2010 trial of a second defendant in the same killing.

The defendants were charged with beating a homeless man to death in Wareham.

The first defendant was convicted. The second defendant’s trial ended in a hung jury.

Evangelista’s attorney says prosecutors have not spelled out why they believe he committed perjury.

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