BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A 2012 murder of a California man is being investigated again after an appellate court overturned the murder conviction of Jamal Epps.

Bakersfield Now reported ( ) Wednesday that public defenders have said Bakersfield Police suppressed witness evidence that could have potentially named a different suspect.

Epps told a jury he did not kill Terry Ellis on Halloween in 2012.

Ellis’ niece says Epps reached out to her from jail to convince her of his innocence. She says she believes his plea and hopes who ever killed her uncle will come forward.

Sgt. Ryan Kroeker says if this does head to trial again, the police department will cooperate fully and provide all the evidence that is asked of them.

Information from: KBAK-TV,

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