Man convicted in Newark schoolyard slayings wants conviction tossed

One of the men convicted in the Newark schoolyard murders wants to have his conviction thrown out.



Alexander Alfaro was convicted in the 2007 killings that claimed the lives of three college-aged friends and injured a fourth. The killings took place in the schoolyard of Newark's Mount Vernon School.



Alfaro was in court Friday claiming that his attorney botched his case. He claims that a mention of a tattoo on his arm led the jury to believe that it represented the killings and says it prejudiced them against him.



Alfaro's original trial attorney, Raymond Morassey, was questioned by Alfaro's new attorney in court Friday.



Alfaro says he also questions whether plea bargain discussions, and controversy over a juror, were handled properly.



Alfaro was sentenced to more than 200 years in prison for the killings.


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