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Lawyers: Missouri condemned man deserves new trial

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The attorney for a Missouri death row inmate says the state is about to execute an innocent man, but the sheriff where the crime occurred disagrees.

John Middleton is scheduled to die Wednesday. He was a northern Missouri methamphetamine dealer who was sentenced to death after he was convicted of the 1995 murders of Randy "Happy" Hamilton, Stacey Hodge and Alfred Pinegar.

A witness came forward in February suggesting that two other men were the real killer. Middleton's attorney, Joseph Perkovich, says police and prosecutors allowed the real killers to fashion the case against Middleton.

Harrison County Sheriff Josh Eckerson revisited the case based on the affidavit of the new witness. His determination: Middleton was the killer.

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