CLEVELAND (AP) — An appeals court in Cleveland has ruled that a lower court judge properly granted a new trial for three men who spent nearly 20 years in prison for a slaying they denied committing.
Thirty-eight-year-old Eugene Johnson Jr., 38-year-old Derrick Wheatt and 37-year-old Laurese Glover were convicted in the February 1995 shooting death of Clifton Hudson Jr. in East Cleveland. The men sought new trials after receiving investigative reports from East Cleveland police in 2014 that identified another man who appeared to have killed Hudson.
A Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County judge granted the men new trials last year and allowed them to go free on bond. County prosecutors appealed that ruling, and it was upheld Thursday.
Attorneys for the men say they’re grateful for the decision and hopeful justice will be served.