Ninth Circuit orders release or retrial of murderer

Aug 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Courts

An 11-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has voted, 6-5, or order the release or retrial of a man doing life without for a notorious Sacramento area murder.

The court asserts that Tio Dinero Sessoms was unlawfully denied a lawyer while he was being questioned by Sacramento PD detectives.  Sessoms had been found guilty of murder, burglary and robbery and has been a guest of the state for ten years, currently at Salinas Valley.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.

Teh victim, pastor Edward R. Sheriff, was bound and stabbed 24 times in his home.  He was a gay rights activist and operated a thrift store and food bank program in Oak Park.

Two crime partners, Frederick O. Clark and Adam Leroy Wilson, are doing life terms as guests of the state.

Clicking here will link to an excellent piece in the Sacramento PRAVDA on this story.

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