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Judge denies review of 1997 St. Louis murder conviction

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Judge denies review of 1997 St. Louis murder conviction

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A judge has dismissed an appeal by a man convicted of a 1994 homicide in St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/23KzkXk ) reports that Leron Hornaday is serving a life sentence in prison after being convicted in 1997 of murder, robbery and armed criminal action in the fatal shooting of […]

Judge denies review of 1997 St. Louis murder conviction

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A judge has dismissed an appeal by a man convicted of a 1994 homicide in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/23KzkXk ) reports that Leron Hornaday is serving a life sentence in prison after being convicted in 1997 of murder, robbery and armed criminal action in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Travis Smith. Hornaday appealed his conviction after he received evidence through his 2013 request to St. Louis police for materials from the investigation that had never been disclosed to his attorney.

The evidence included a video of a statement by the state’s only eyewitness, who accused Hornaday of the crime, which was inconsistent with her trial testimony.

Hornaday’s lawyer sought a hearing to review the evidence, but Judge Julian Bush agreed Tuesday with the state that the witness’s inconsistent testimony wasn’t significant enough to warrant further review.

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