Case of convicted Ohio killer of 3 returns to judge

CLEVELAND (AP) — The case of an Ohio inmate who has long maintained his innocence in the 1994 slaying of three people is once again back before a federal judge.

Ex-death row prisoner Kevin Keith is now serving a life sentence for killing two women and a 4-year-old girl in what prosecutors said was retaliation for his arrest in a drug sweep.

Lawyers for Keith are seeking a new trial based on evidence not presented originally, including allegations that a state forensics investigator who worked on Keith’s case had a habit of providing police departments with answers they wanted in cases.

Cleveland federal judge Solomon Oliver on Thursday asked a magistrate judge for a report on the case, following a federal appeals court decision last month that Keith can continue appealing.

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