Judge denies new trial for Newark 'schoolyard killer' sentenced to 212 years

NEWARK — An Essex County judge has ruled one of six men sentenced to lengthy prison terms in the brutal 2007 killings of three college-aged friends in a city schoolyard isn’t eligible for a new trial, rejecting claims the man’s lawyers failed him his first time before a jury and during the appeals process.

Superior Court Judge Michael L. Ravin’s March 10 decision followed oral arguments in January regarding a post-conviction relief petition filed by Alexander Alfaro, who Ravin previously sentenced to 212 years in prison for his role in the murders of Iofemi Hightower, 20, Dashon Harvey, 20, and Terrance Aeriel, …read more

Source: NJ.com Essex

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