Appeals Court Orders New Trial For Ohio Inmate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CINCINNATI (AP) - A divided federal appeals court panel has ruled that an Ohio death row inmate should get a new trial in the shooting death of a 3-month-old boy.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Monday finds that John Drummond was deprived of his constitutional right to a public trial when a judge cleared the courtroom during testimony. Drummond was convicted in 2004 of aggravated murder for the slaying of the baby in a drive-by shooting in Youngstown. Prosecutors said Drummond was a gang member.

The trial judge said there had been disturbances involving spectators, and that some witnesses felt threatened.

The appeals panel's 2-1 decision said there hadn't been a substantial reason shown for closing the courtroom.

The attorney general's office says the ruling is being reviewed.

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