Convicted cop killer's family vows appeal after judge denies new trial

Convicted cop killer's family vows appeal after judge denies new trial

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Convicted cop killer Treveno Campbell was denied a new trial.

Campbell was in court Friday, several months after being convicted in the death of Memphis police officer Martoiya Lang. He showed no emotion as the judge denied his motion for a new trial.

Lang was shot and killed while on duty in December 2012 as she and other officers carried out a no-knock search.

The defense argued that the prosecution inaccurately portrayed Campbell as a gang member and drug dealer without any evidence. They argued that those allegations were false and likely swayed the jury.

"That document was the state's theory that bad people live in the house and they would shoot police," Campbell's attorney, Lorna McCluskey, said. "It didn't offer any factual basis."

Judge James Beasley said the jury found enough evidence to connect the officers' behavior with the gun, cash, and drugs found in the house.

The prosecution said there was enough evidence for a conviction.

"The jury, they heard all the proof, they saw the evidence, and they reached a verdict that's consistent with the law," prosecutor Alanda Dwyer said.

Outside the courtroom, Campbell's grandmother was hurt by the news.

"I just don't think it was fair," Campbell's grandmother, Patricia Morris, said. "Murder? I don't believe he did the murder and it's just hard...The hardest part, sitting there looking at my grandson, knowing that he's innocent."

Morris said she doesn't believe Campbell was treated fair.

"I just think everything was terrible. I just don't think it was fair," Morris said.

Campbell has 30 days to file a notice of appeal. Morris said her family is not stopping until they get justice.

"It will be appealed. It was just unfair," Morris said. "I'm his grandmother, and I think it was unfair. It just breaks my heart."

Prosecutors said officers did everything they were supposed to do.

"Believing that there were security cameras on the house, they were extra vigilant in doing everything they were supposed to do when they entered that home," Dwyer said.

The judge agreed with the prosecution, and said there was enough proof that Campbell's actions were consistent with the claims of the prosecution: that he knowingly shot at police officers.

"He chose to have a gun inside the house," Judge Beasley said. "There were drugs there and MPD had a valid search warrant by a judge."

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