Tennessee: Lawyer to appeal sentence in triple slaying

Tennessee: Lawyer to appeal sentence in triple slaying

August 26th, 2009 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - An attorney for an East Tennessee man sentenced to life-without-parole in a 1999 triple slaying says he plans to appeal the sentence.

Attorney Mitchell Bryant said there was no physical evidence linking 39-year-old Maurice Johnson to the killings.

A jury in Cleveland convicted Johnson Monday on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of especially aggravated robbery in the 1999 Valentine's Day slayings. The jury returned the sentence Tuesday. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty.

One of the victims was 25-year-old Dawn Rogers. Her niece, Teri Walters, told jurors that her aunt loved her children and is missing their birthdays and weddings.

Walters said she could not criticize the jury's sentence.


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