Connecticut court upholds conviction in shooting death of 8-year-old murder trial witness

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — A Connecticut appeals court has upheld the murder conviction of a Bridgeport man in the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old boy who was scheduled to testify in another murder case.

Adrian Peeler had argued that his attorneys failed to call a key witness who would have contradicted testimony from a woman who told jurors she saw him shoot B.J. Brown and Brown's mother, Karen Clarke, to death inside their home in January 1999.

The boy was to be a witness in a murder case against Peeler's brother, Russell.

The Appellate Court ruled Monday that lawyers failed to show that testimony from the man, a crack cocaine user, would have been helpful. It also rejected Peelers claim that telephone records from the day of the murder would have helped his defense.

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