- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio attorney general has told the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that his office will appeal a judge’s order granting a new trial to a man on death row for the slaying of a Cleveland police officer in 2000.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement Monday that he strongly disagrees with last week’s ruling. A federal judge in Toledo said 44-year-old Quisi (QWEE’-zee) Bryan should get a new aggravated murder trial in the killing of Wayne Leon at a Cleveland gas station because a prosecutor improperly excluded a black woman from the jury because of her race.

Bryan didn’t dispute killing Leon during his trial and the jury recommended the death penalty. He’s also serving lengthy prison sentences for multiple rape convictions.

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