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Court: Bridgeport Killer Russell Peeler Wasn't Entitled To Pricey Lawyer

Russell Peeler Jr., who ordered the killing of Leroy "B.J." Brown Jr., 8, above, and his mother Karen Clarke, in their Bridgeport home, no longer faces the threat of execution in the crime.
Russell Peeler Jr., who ordered the killing of Leroy "B.J." Brown Jr., 8, above, and his mother Karen Clarke, in their Bridgeport home, no longer faces the threat of execution in the crime. Photo Credit: Murderpedia

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that convicted killer Russell Peeler Jr. of Bridgeport was not entitled to a lawyer he couldn’t afford, according to the Connecticut Post.

Peeler, convicted of ordering  the murders of Karen Clarke and her 8-year-old son B.J. Brown in 1999, still awaits a decision on the death penalty, the Post said.

The case he appealed over his legal representation was his conviction for shooting to death Clarke’s boyfriend, Rudolph Snead, in a Bridgeport barbershop, the Post said.

In 2012, the Legislature struck down the state’s death penalty, and the state Supreme Court later revoked the death penalty for everyone. The high court is considering an appeal by the state’s top prosecutor to restore it, the Post said.

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