Topeka Man Appeals Conviction In 2006 Murder

By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)
By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Topeka man convicted in a 2006 murder is asking to have his ``Hard 50'' sentence voided.

Antwan Peppers was convicted in 2008 of killing Jermaine Cunningham and wounding another man in a shooting outside a Topeka bar and grill. He was given a ``Hard 50'' sentence and a consecutive term of about 21 years.

On Wednesday, Peppers' attorney told a Shawnee County judge that there is newly discovered evidence in the case. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/18SR7e8 ) that Peppers also contends one witness recanted his statement in the case and he received ineffective counsel during his trial.

Prosecutors objected to Peppers' allegations and said an evidentiary hearing wasn't warranted.

Judge Nancy Parrish said she would issue a written opinion in the near future.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com


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