CLEVELAND: An Ohio man who spent nearly two decades in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit has won a request for a new trial in an effort to clear his name.
Anthony Lemons, 39, has maintained his innocence in the 1994 shooting and has fought to clear his name even after he was released on parole last December after spending 17 years in prison.
Lemons was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison for the shooting death of a Cleveland man over what prosecutors said was a dispute over drug money.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Janet Burnside granted a new trial for Lemons on Monday, noting that prosecutors withheld police reports from the defense during the original 1995 trial.
The police reports included “critical information that throws doubt upon the credibility” of the prosecution’s key eyewitness, the judge said.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said his office is reviewing the case.