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Prisoner's Conviction in Lucasville Prison Riot Confirmed

Ohio’s Tenth District Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of a new trial motion filed by a prisoner convicted of two murders that occurred during the 1993 Lucasville prisoner riot.

A jury convicted prisoner Timothy Grinnell of two counts of aggravated murder in 1995. He was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences, and his subsequent appeal was denied.

In 2008, Grinnell filed a motion for a new trial that claimed new evidence established he was actually innocent and the state committed a Brady violation. The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas denied that motion, and Grinnell appealed.

Grinnell’s conviction was based on evidence that he controlled a console that operated cell doors and that he ordered where certain guards and prisoners should be put. As part of his motion, he included the affidavits of prisoners Eric Girdy and Kenneth Law. Girdy said Grinnell did not operate the console and Law said he had lied previously about Grinnell operating it.

The Franklin County Court found the delay in brining the motion was unreasonable, as Grinnell “had the affidavits of Law and Gridy,” since they provided them to Grinnell in 2002 & 2003. As for the asserted Brady violations, the information had been provided to defense counsel prior to trial. The lower court’s decision was affirmed. See: State v. Grinnell, 2010-Ohio-3028 (Ohio 10th District Court of Appeal 2010).

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State v. Grinnell