19 Action News has learned that Quisi Bryan, the man convicted of killing Cleveland Police Officer Wayne Leon in a 2000 traffic stop, has been granted a new trial.
The new trial stems from reported "racial disparity" in the panel of jurors who convicted Bryan.
Bryan is on death row for Leon's murder, plus 47 years for other crimes.
In January of 2007, Bryan pleaded guilty in connection with four sex assaults on women. In one case, he is accused of posing as a cop.
Leon's widow, Grace, issued a statement:
"I continue to have faith in our justice system, I continue to be positive and appreciate all the support and everyone thinking about Wayne and our family.
I just wish that this piece of what happened wouldn't keep creeping into our lives. I want to honor Wayne, and remember who he was. And this reminds me of how he died, and I don't want to remember how he died."
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty also issued a statement Thursday night:
"Quisi Bryan's conviction for shooting Cleveland Police Officer Wayne Leon during a routine traffic stop has been upheld repeatedly by every court that has ever reviewed this case for the last 15 years. It is likely that today's decision to reverse that conviction will itself be reversed, but even if it is not, I am extremely confident that a jury will again convict Quisi Bryan and return him to death row. This case is even stronger now than it was 15 years ago. Since Officer Leon was murdered in cold blood, we have learned that Bryan killed Officer Leon not over a routine traffic stop, but because Bryan was a serial rapist who feared being identified as the man who had sexually assaulted five different women in that area. He has since been sentenced to more than 40 years in prison for those crimes. For killing Officer Wayne Leon, Quisi Bryan belongs on death row."