CLEVELAND -- A man who was convicted of murder has been granted a new trial.

Cuyahoga County Judge Janet Burnside made the decision Monday in the case of Anthony Lemons.

Lemons has always maintained his innocence for the 1994 crime despite a jury finding him guilty.

He was 22 when he was convicted of killing Eric Sims, whose bullet-riddled body was found at the Cliffview Apartments in Cleveland.

Lemons was convicted on the testimony of a crack-using prostitute, June Adamchick, who is now dead. He claims prosecutors withheld key evidence, which included Adamchick's failure to identify Lemons during a line-up.

Lemons, who spent 17 years in prison, was paroled in 2012, but has never given up trying to prove his innocence.

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