Man convicted in Cleveland killings seeks release - WKRN News 2

Man convicted in Cleveland killings seeks release

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Maurice Johnson, right. Photo courtesy of Chattanooga Times Free Press. Maurice Johnson, right. Photo courtesy of Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A man convicted in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple murder in Cleveland says he did not get a fair trial and is seeking his release from prison.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Maurice Johnson was found guilty in 2009 and received three life sentences without parole for the murders of O.J. Blair, Cayci Higgins and Dawn Rogers. The three victims had been bound and shot in the head in a Cleveland apartment following a fight between Johnson and Blair.

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the convictions. Johnson is now arguing in the appeals court that his lawyers didn't do their jobs correctly.

Johnson argues that his attorneys failed to raise the possibility of third-party guilt and alleges misconduct by prosecutors, a detective and the judge.

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