Woman convicted of 2018 murder should get a new trial, appeals court rules

Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 4:08 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - An appeals court has ruled that a Peoria woman convicted of murder should get a new trial.

Sheyanah Lee was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the stabbing death of Markesha Jeffries during a fight in November 2018.

Lee appealed her conviction and sentence claiming ineffective counsel.

The appeals court agreed, saying Lee is entitled to a new trial because her attorney failed to object to the admission of a police officer’s body camera video at the scene into evidence which may have prejudiced the jury.