CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court says an Ohio death row inmate convicted of killing two children can ask for a new trial based on claims that a juror knew the victims' families.
The ruling issued Tuesday will give Jeronique Cunningham a chance to argue that juror misconduct cost him a shot at a fair trial.
Cunningham is on death row after being convicted in the killing of a 3-year-old and a teen during a 2002 drug-related robbery in Lima (LY'-muh). His brother also was convicted and sentenced to death.
Cunningham's lawyers argued that a juror reportedly felt pressured to convict him because the jury forewoman said she knew the victims' families.
The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the issue raises grave concerns about the juror's impartiality.