East Cleveland 3, Once Convicted of Murder, Inch Closer to New Trial

by

comment
The convictions of the East Cleveland 3 were overturned last year. - WKYC STILL
  • WKYC STILL
  • The convictions of the East Cleveland 3 were overturned last year.
The "East Cleveland 3" — Derrick Wheatt, Eugene Johnson, and Laurese Glover — walked out of prison one year ago, but they're still fighting to clear their names and awaiting a new trial. 

The three men were convicted of the 1995 murder of Clifton Hudson in East Cleveland. Since then, the case has unfolded in various courts amid a number of legal twists and turns; witnesses have recanted testimony, and new evidence has been uncovered that shows the assistant prosecutor at the time concealing exculpatory documents. The Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati took up the case and began tracking down new evidence that pushed the men's cases forward.



The convictions were thrown out by Judge Nancy Russo last year. 

Legal wrangling on both sides played out over the ensuing year, but recently a Cuyahoga County Appeals Court ruling affirmed Russo's order, Fox 8 reports



Still, though, the path forward remains a bit muddy. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office may appeal this newest ruling or proceed with the upcoming trial. 


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.