News 09.07.12

Ohio Death Row Inmate Released

An Ohio judge dismissed the case against Michael Keenan on Thursday, who was sentenced to death for the Cleveland murder of Tony Klann in 1988. His co-defendant, Joseph D’Ambrosio, had already been exonerated in 2010 after lawyers discovered that the prosecution had concealed evidence of his innocence. Evidence against the two centered on the testimony of an informant who himself received a reduced sentence in the crime for testifying against them. The Associated Press reports:


Judge John Russo said the evidence withheld by prosecutors “would have strengthened and been beneficial” to Keenan’s case and that the harm done to him by the state’s failure to disclose the evidence “cannot be resolved by a new trial,” according to a transcript from Thursday’s hearing.

Keenan was released on $5000 bond. He had spent over 21 years on death row.

 


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