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Akron death penalty case to get a new jury as well as a new judge
Prosecutors accused the original judge of prejudice against the death penalty

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M.L. Schultze
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A new jury is going to be seated in a capital murder case in Akron that already has a new judge. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more in the latest twist in a case that began with the murders of four people.

Summit County prosecutors had said the original judge in the trial of Deshanon Haywood showed bias against using the death penalty in this case in part by seating a juror who indicated he opposed capital punishment.

Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands denied any prejudice but removed herself from the case. And that left her replacement, Paul Gallagher, to determine if a new jury should be seated altogether.  In what Gallagher himself called an unprecedented move, he has now opted for a new jury.

Haywood and his co-defendant, Derrick Brantley, are accused of killing a rival drug dealer and three other people in a town house in North Akron. Brantley, who is believed to be the gunman, was tried separately and a jury recommended he get life in prison with no chance for parole.

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