Man seeks new trial in slayings of DSU students

By Associated Press 7:43am, August 21, 2014
One of six men found guilty in the 2007 slayings of three friends in a Newark, NJ schoolyard is seeking to overturn his conviction and wants a new trial.

Jose Carranza appeared in front of a judge in Newark on Wednesday, but the judge didn't make an immediate decision on his request.

Carranza was sentenced to 155 years in prison following his conviction of felony murder and armed robbery.

The 35-year-old claims his attorney coerced him not to testify and failed to conduct any pre-trial investigations.

But his attorney, John Dell'Italia, tells The Star-Ledger of Newark he advised his client against testifying because Carranza had provided written statements to an inmate that included drawings depicting the shootings.

The three victims and a fourth who survived were enrolled or about to enroll at Delaware State University.

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