Investigator: Convicted killer gets shot at new trial

5:30 PM, Apr 23, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- After 17 years of saying he didn't do it, a Cleveland man got the the chance today to prove he deserves a new trial.

Anthony Lemons says that prosecutors withheld key evidence during his 1995 trial for killing of Eric Sims.

That evidence included statements from an eyewitness, who told police during a lineup that Lemons was wearing the same shoes he had on during the murder.

Cops later found out those shoes weren't even manufactured until months after the murder.

Lemons' former defense attorney Warren McClelland testified that if he had known about that information at the time of the trial, he would have used it to question the credibility of the eyewitness.

Prosecutors say they have done nothing wrong and that Lemons is the killer.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Janet Burnside is expected to hold a second day of testimony Tuesday before issuing a ruling on whether Lemons gets another trial.


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