PORTLAND (WGME) – New developments in a 28-year-old murder case in Portland.
One of the detectives who investigated the stabbing of Jessica Briggs is now turning over boxes of notes and evidence that he had at home.
All of this while convicted murderer Anthony Sanborn is out on bail for a crime he and his defense team said he didn’t commit.
Last month upon his release Anthony Sanborn stated “Just happy to be home – it’s almost justice – it’s a good feeling.”
While Anthony Sanborn is out of prison, his defense attorney Amy Fairfield is working to make sure he never goes back. She said “That guy deserves to be free because he’s innocent.”
A judge gave Sanborn bail last month after a key witness said she lied during the original trial and did not see Sanborn kill Jessica Briggs.
Attorney Fairfield’s latest move is a court filing. In it she claims police and prosecutors worked together to hide evidence from Sanborn’s defense team almost 30 years ago.
According to these documents, now-retired Portland police detective turned private investigator, Jim Daniels, handed over boxes of case files he’s kept at home in his attic. Evidence fairfield said was never disclosed to Sanborn’s defense team for the trial.
Sanborn’s former attorney Neale Duffett said “He didn’t do it, it’s as simple as that, he didn’t do it.”
Daniels didn’t call us back today, but Fairfield said these boxes contain original witness statements, police reports, detailed notes, even a knife and box-cutter. Evidence she claims was crucial and should have been provided.
There’s also a police sketch, of a bearded man who witnesses said they saw with Jessica Briggs before she was murdered. The sketch was never publicly released and the the defense team didn’t see it until last week, but Fairfield said it does “Not match what Tony Sanborn looked like in May 1989.”
Last week in an interview with CBS 13, former prosecutor Pam Ames denied withholding any material from the defense. She stated “We were under a microscope with cameras in courtroom, we were under the microscope, anything that went into evidence was admissible.”
Sanborn and his defense team want the judge to overturn the jury’s guilty verdict.
The attorney general’s office said it will will respond in court.
Portland police also wouldn’t comment today about why evidence was being stored at a retired detective’s home.
The case goes back to court later this month.