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Full US appeals court declines to hear murder case

December 14, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal appeals judges have declined to hear Ohio’s challenge to a ruling throwing out a man’s conviction and death sentence.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in September agreed with attorneys for Ahmad Fawzi Issa (AH’-mahd FOW’-zee EE’-sah) that statements about his involvement in a murder-for-hire case were hearsay. He was convicted of arranging the slaying of Maher Khrais, a Cincinnati convenience store owner shot outside his store in 1997.

The decision gave prosecutors six months to retry Issa or release him.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote he disagreed with the panel, but agreed with his colleagues that the full circuit court shouldn’t review its decision.

Ohio attorney general spokesman Dan Tierney said Thursday a potential appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is under consideration.

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