According to court documents Freddie McNeill and Blake Fulton were involved in a drug deal and when Fulton refused to hand over the money before seeing the drugs he was fatally shot
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According to state public defender Larry Komp, the case of Freddie McNeill will now go before Lorain County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Janas, who sentenced McNeill to death. McNeill, 24, was convicted in April 1995 for the aggravated murder of Blake Fulton, 30, of Amherst over a $20 drug debt.
At McNeill’s trial, several children identified him as the gunman, even though his attorneys argued McNeill’s friend actually killed Blake. They argued that McNeill, who has a history of violent crime that started when he was 13 years old, was wrongly accused because he was black, according to court records. After the verdict, the Ohio Public Defender’s Office argued before the 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals that prosecutors suppressed evidence at the trial, said Komp. “We filed a post-conviction petition to either have the verdict overturned or to have the death penalty conviction overturned or both,” Komp said yesterday. “The court agreed with us that the judge did not consider certain exhibits, evidence and testimony at the trial before he sentenced Freddie to death.” “I’m holding out hope for Freddie,” he said. “The Supreme Court takes so few cases unless your name is George W. Bush these days. We hope (Janas) will give us the opportunity to show some stuff that was not presented at the trial.” Janas was unavailable for comment.