Attorney: Holding cell mix-up tainted Ohio murder trial jury

AP News
Posted: Sep 23, 2015 12:38 PM

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio attorney says he'll appeal his client's murder conviction because jurors saw a video of the suspect fighting with another inmate who was about to testify against him.

Authorities say a guard mistakenly put the two together in a holding cell. Jailers broke up the altercation within two minutes, and the men suffered only minor injuries.

A judge allowed video of the fight to be shown to the jury despite objections from a defense attorney.

On Tuesday, the jurors convicted Markelus Carter of aggravated murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole but maintained he is innocent.

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Carter's attorney, Jon Paul Rion, tells The Lima News ( ) that the fight video had a big effect and changed how jurors looked at the evidence.


Information from: The Lima News,