Young Mother’s Killer Tries to Withdraw Guilty Plea

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CLEVELAND — After pleading guilty to the murder of a young Cleveland mother in a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Courtroom last week, Jason Innes of Lorain is now attempting to withdraw that plea and fire his court appointed attorneys.

Maria Russo, Public Information Officer with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office tells Fox 8 News that last Friday, Innes, 19, filed to withdraw his guilty plea to charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery. As part of Innes plea agreement, Cuyahoga County prosecutors dropped charges of aggravated murder and kidnapping.

Prosecutors say Innes and his co-defendant, Cordell Smith, of Elyria, were responsible for the death of Kari Myers.

Myers was gunned down at 3:45 a.m. on August 29, 2010 as she walked with her cousin and boyfriend near West 95th Street and Willard. Police say that Myers was robbed and shot in the chest by Smith when he and Innes jumped out some nearby bushes.

According to Russo, Smith pleaded guilty on November 2, 2011 to charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery. He faces a maximum sentence of 23-years in prison.

Russo says that Smith’s sentencing date has been delayed by Judge Hollie L. Gallagher until Innes’ case has been resolved.

Judge Gallagher has yet to rule on Innes’ withdraw.

According to Innes’ court docket, he has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for February 2, 2011, but according to Russo, it is not known if Judge Gallagher will have ruled on Innes’ withdraw by that time.

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