Four men convicted of killing Janet Chandler had their motions for a new trial heard in the Court of Appeals in Lansing (July 14, 2009)
Updated: Friday, 31 Jul 2009, 10:03 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 31 Jul 2009, 10:03 AM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected appeals by four of the men convicted in the 1979 murder of Janet Chandler.
In a 22-page decision released Friday, the three-judge appellate panel hearing the case upheld the convictions of James Cleophas Nelson, Anthony Freddie Bass Parker, Arthur Paiva and Anthony Robert Eugene Williams.
hearing earlier this month, Nelson claimed
there was insufficient evidence proven to convict him beyond a
reasonable doubt; Williams claimed his due process was violated and
he was identified through "impermissibly suggestive" methods. He
also claimed he was denied a fair trial by being tried jointly with
the others; Parker claimed his counsel was ineffective, and that
the court abused its discretion in denying separate trials; and
Paiva claimed his Sixth Amendment rights to confrontation were