- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - An appeals court has reinstated the convictions of a man sentenced to be executed for killing a Cleveland police officer.

A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Cincinnati ruled 2-1 Thursday that a lower court erred in ruling Quisi (QWEE’-zee) Bryan should get a new trial because prosecutors improperly excluded a black potential juror because of race.

Bryan was convicted of aggravated murder and other charges in the 2000 slaying of Wayne Leon who pulled him over for a traffic violation.

A message seeking comment was left for Bryan’s public defender.

Attorneys with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office argued trial prosecutors provided racially neutral reasons for dismissing the potential juror.

A DeWine statement Thursday says the appeals ruling confirms his belief that Bryan received a fair trial.

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