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Death-Row Inmate’s Appeal Rejected

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A Superior Court judge has rejected the latest appeal from a death-row inmate who was convicted of killing a police officer in 1992.

Judge Carl Schuman issued a 90-page ruling last week rejecting the petition for a new trial filed by attorneys for Richard Reynolds.

Reynolds was convicted of shooting Officer Walter Williams III in the head after he and another man were stopped by Williams on a Waterbury street just before 4 a.m. on Dec. 18, 1992.

Among other things, Reynolds had claimed that he was given ineffective counsel at trial, and that his lawyers should have questioned State’s Attorney John Connelly’s method of applying the death penalty to serious cases.

Connelly tells the Republican-American newspaper that he is pleased with the ruling for the Williams family.
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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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