Court won’t let Ohio inmate appeal ruling to seek new trial

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio inmate who argues he was wrongly convicted in a 1991 slaying in Lorain and wants a new trial has been denied permission to appeal a lower court ruling on the matter.

A federal appeals court refused Alfred Cleveland permission to appeal the ruling that denied him a new trial.

His lawyer says that’s troubling, considering the same court earlier concluded there’s evidence that he’s innocent.

The only trial witness against Cleveland later recanted his testimony. Concerns about that witness led a former Ohio attorney general to support Cleveland’s bid for a new trial.

The appeals court said Cleveland’s legal team didn’t demonstrate that the prosecution should have known the witness was lying.

The 46-year-old Cleveland is serving life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.