Sunday, May 25, 2003

Death row inmate says authorities lied

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - A man awaiting execution while his death sentence is appealed says police and prosecutors lied and withheld evidence in his trial and coached jailhouse snitches on what to say.

Jerome Campbell, 41, of Cincinnati was convicted of aggravated murder and aggravated burglary in 1989, a year after the fatal stabbing of Henry Turner, 78, a bootlegger who sold alcohol and cigarettes from his Cincinnati apartment.

Campbell had been scheduled for execution May 14 before the Ohio Supreme Court delayed it until June 27. He expressed his views in a pool interview Friday conducted by The Columbus Dispatch for the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association.

"They lied about a lot of stuff. I got all type of paperwork that proves that the police lied, they withheld evidence, they threw away evidence that would prove my innocence. They coached and told the jailhouse snitches what to do, what to say and what not to say."

A Hamilton County Common Pleas judge ruled May 8 that the evidence Campbell claims to have failed to meet the legal standard for a new trial.

Defense lawyers argued Campbell might not have received a death sentence if the information had been available to the trial jury. They are appealing that ruling in the 1st Ohio Court of Appeals.

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