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Federal judge dismisses appeal by Watertown murderer


A federal judge has dismissed a former Watertown man’s claims that he is being unlawfully detained for murdering two sisters in 2005.

Edundabira O. Ojo, 38, is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole at Attica Correctional Facility for stabbing to death sisters Kelly M. Exford, 22, and Shannon M. St. Croix, 24, at an apartment at 735 Cooper St. on April 1, 2005.

He has repeatedly petitioned state and federal courts to overturn the conviction and sentence, arguing, among other things, that errors were made during his Jefferson County Court trial and he was denied effective counsel.

On Monday, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gary L. Sharpe, Syracuse, dismissed his motion for a writ of habeas corpus in which he maintained he is being illegally incarcerated in violation of his constitutional rights. The judge ruled that Ojo had not proven any of his rights have been violated and declined to issue certification that would allow Ojo to appeal the matter.

Among the findings by the judge in a 30-page decision is that, despite Ojo raising technical arguments regarding his conviction, “he has not proffered any evidence that would make a reasonable jury doubt his guilt.”

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