Estimated read time: Less than a minute
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A 49-year-old man sentenced to death will get a new trial in the 1997 slaying of a Cincinnati convenience store owner.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a 2018 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that agreed with attorneys for Ahmad Fawzi Issa (AH'-mahd FOW'-zee EE'-sah) that statements about his involvement in a murder-for-hire case were hearsay and violated his right to confront witnesses against him. The court threw out his conviction and sentence for allegedly arranging the shooting of Maher Khrais outside his store in 1997.
Hamilton County prosecutor's spokeswoman Julie Wilson said a pretrial hearing in the case is scheduled May 30. Issa has been held in state prison since 1998.
His attorney, Adele Shank of Columbus, called the high court's decision "right and appropriate."
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.