The Connecticut Supreme Court is set to hear the appeal of former death row inmate Lazale Ashby, who says he was wrongly convicted of murder and sexual assault in the 2002 slaying of a single mother in Hartford.
Arguments are scheduled for Monday.
Ashby was convicted in 2008 in the rape and strangulation of Elizabeth Garcia inside her apartment as her 2-year-old daughter watched television in another room. He was sentenced to death, but the sentence was changed to life in prison after the state abolished capital punishment in 2015.
Ashby says he had consensual sex with Garcia the night of the killing and another man's DNA was found on her body. He says police did not adequately investigate and state officials failed to disclose evidence in his favor.