Appeal of McKinney murder convictions filed

WARREN — The attorney representing convicted murderer Jermaine McKinney has filed an appeal of McKinney’s convictions with the 11th District Court of Appeals.

McKinney was sentenced Nov. 29, 2006, to life in prison without eligibility for parole for the murders of Wanda Rollyson and her daughter, Rebecca Cliburn, in Rollyson’s Newton Township home Dec. 21, 2005.

The notice of appeal filed this week says the probable issues for review will be evidentiary rulings and weight and sufficiency of evidence.

Among the pieces of physical evidence that Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court denied being entered into evidence was a knife that the defense suggested could have been used by another defendant in the case — Keyatta Riley Hines — to commit some of the crimes instead of McKinney.

Riley Hines, who admitted to being the only other person besides McKinney in the house the night of the killings, said she simply helped McKinney get rid of evidence.

McKinney’s defense also tried — but failed — to suppress evidence gathered at the Halleck Street, Youngstown, home where McKinney was arrested after a shootout with police on New Year’s Day, 2006.

Filing the appeal was Michael A. Partlow of Cleveland.

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