Appeals Court Upholds Braithwaite Conviction

MADISON — (AP)-A Kenosha’s man murder conviction was upheld Wednesday as an appeals court rejected Joshua Braithwaite’s claim that a jury improperly saw “sex offender” printed on a file a witness brought to court. The District II Court of Appeals upheld Circuit Judge Michael Wilk’s denying a new trial for Braithwaite, after a jury found him guilty of the July 2012 death of Lashe Zalar, whose body was discovered during a brush fire at Nedweski Park. On appeal, Braithwaite’s attorney argued the jury viewed inadmissible evidence when they saw the big red sticker on the file that had “sexual abuse” printed on the front. Braithwaite was sentenced to life in prison in December 2014.

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