19 News Investigates: Waiting years for public records in notorious murder case

Man wrongfully convicted wants answers from Cleveland police

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - In 1975 Kwame Ajamu, his brother Wiley, and a third teenager Ricky Jackson were arrested, convicted, and sentenced to death for the murder of a Cleveland money order salesman.

Man wrongfully convicted wants answers from Cleveland police

Three decades of their lives stolen based on the testimony of another teenager who now says that police coerced him to lie.

Believing the answers may be buried deep in the files of the Cleveland Police Department Ajamu, his attorney, and the Ohio Innocence Project have filed public records requests for the documents. To this date, they’ve received nothing.

Tonight at 11, Kwame Ajamu tells 19 News what he’s doing to force the city to release records of the investigation and why it’s so important not only to him but also to the family of the man who was murdered.

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