Appeals scheduled since CT death penalty abolished

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court plans to hear appeals of two convicted killers who were sentenced to lethal injection before the court abolished the state’s death penalty.

The court has scheduled the separate appeals of Sedrick Cobb and Jessie Campbell III for December.

Cobb was convicted in the 1989 rape and killing of Julia Ashe, who was abducted from a Waterbury parking lot after Christmas shopping. He argues his trial lawyer failed to present evidence of his severe mental illness.

Campbell was convicted of the shooting in 2000 of three women in Hartford. Killed were LaTaysha Logan and Desiree Privette. Privette’s aunt survived. Campbell arguments a judge improperly ruled he was competent to stand trial.

The state Supreme Court abolished the death penalty last year.