A federal appeals court revived a Richmond man’s challenge Friday to his conviction and de...

Federal court revives challenge to death sentence over jury racial issues – San Francisco Chronicle

A federal appeals court revived a Richmond man’s challenge Friday to his conviction and death sentence for a 1986 murder-for-hire, citing the prosecutor’s removals of nine of 11 Black prospective jurors.Curtis Lee Ervin was convicted of accepting $2,500 from Robert McDonald of Pinole to kill his ex-wife, Carlene McDonald. A jury found that Ervin and another man, Orestes Robinson, kidnapped her from her home in El Sobrante in November 1986 and then took her to Tilden Park in Berkeley, where Robinson held her down while Ervin stabbed her to death. Ervin and McDonald were sentenced to death and Robinson was …

 

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