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Appeals court refuses to reconsider death penalty case


August 25. 2013 6:22AM
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CINCINNATI ó The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Wednesday a request for a new hearing for a Lima man facing execution for the 2002 murders of two girls in an execution-style shooting of eight people.



Cleveland Jackson asked the court to reconsider the ruling from last month which denied his appeal. That court was his last chance to have his case reviewed in a court.



Jackson can ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case but that court has discretion on whether it takes the case.



Jackson was convicted in the deaths of Leneshia Williams, 17, and Jala Grant, 3. He and his half brother, Jeronique Cunningham, went to a Eureka Street apartment to rob a man of drugs and money. Eight people were inside the apartment at the time.



The two men lined the eight up inside the kitchen and shot all eight, including six of the victims in the head, as the victims begged for their lives. Two died. Cunningham also is on death row and is appealing his case.



If the U.S. Supreme Court turns Jackson down, his only chance would be seeking clemency through the governorís office.



Jacksonís death sentence is for the murder of Williams. Another court set aside the death sentence on Jala Grantís murder, saying Jacksonís attorneys were not allowed to question potential jurors on how they felt about a person who kills a 3-year-old and what penalty that person should receive.



Jackson was resentenced to life in prison for Jalaís killing. He was convicted of two counts of aggravated murder, six counts of attempted aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.



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