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Judge vacates Akron quadruple murder case convictions amid accusations of prosecutor misconduct

AKRON, Ohio — A judge vacated capital murder convictions of a man accused of killing four people in 2013 after accusations of prosecutor misconduct.

Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Angela Walls-Alexander on Friday agreed to a new trial “in the interest of justice” but refused to say it had anything to do with defense attorneys’ accusations that prosecutors purposefully withheld information about deals to two men who testified against Deshanon Haywood, 24.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher set a new trial date for April 27. Gallagher said capital murder trials are scheduled in the county courthouse on January, February and March and that his courtroom has three other murder trials scheduled before they could get to Haywood.

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