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Defense seeks 3rd trial for man twice convicted in Ohio arson deaths of woman, 8 children
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, February 6, 2014 6:14 PM EST
Attorneys for a man twice convicted in the arson deaths of a Cleveland woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover have asked for a third trial.
The federal prosecutor's office had no comment on the request.
The small-time drug dealer was convicted for a second time in December. The trial judge overturned his first conviction and found that federal prosecutors had used unreliable jailhouse informants.
The fire killed 33-year-old Medeia Carter, four of her children and four other youngsters attending a birthday sleepover party on May 21, 2005. Prosecutors say Lewis was upset over a drug debt.