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Federal appeals court orders new trial for killer of 3-year-old in Youngstown

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - A federal appeals court has ruled that  a man on death row for murdering a three month-old boy in Youngstown should receive a new trial.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal judge's earlier ruling that John Drummond's right to a fair trial was violated when former judge Maureen Cronin closed the court to spectators for two days during Drummond's trial in 2003.

 Drummond was sentenced to death for the murder of Jiyan Dent Junior who was struck by a bullet fired outside his family's home.

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