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Conn. high court to hear death penalty appeal

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

The state Supreme Court is set to hear the appeal of a death-row inmate convicted of ordering the 1999 killings of a woman and her 8-year-old son in Bridgeport.

The court is scheduled to take up the appeal of Russell Peeler Jr. Thursday morning.

Peeler was condemned to die for ordering his brother to kill Karen Clarke and her son, Leroy "B.J." Brown. The boy was a key witness against Peeler in another murder case.

Peeler's brother, Adrian, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of conspiring to kill Clarke and her son.

Russell Peeler raised 33 appeal issues, including the racial makeup of the jury, and the state's 2012 decision not to include current death row inmates in the 2012 repeal of the death penalty.

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