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R&B Singer Appeals Murder Conviction, Citing New Evidence
Posted: January 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- R-and-B Singer Julian "Suave" Scott has asked a state appeals court to throw out a 1994 murder conviction for setting a fatal fire near the U-S-C campus.

The LA Times is reporting that the singer says new evidence proves his innocence.

The 40-year-old singer, whose real name is Waymond Anderson, had a national hit with a 1988 remake of the Temptations song "My Girl."

He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole for setting fire to a home in 1993.

Prosecutors say he set the blaze to kill a man over an unpaid drug debt.

But two witnesses who identified Anderson as the arsonist at the trial have since given sworn statements that they lied.

Anderson's defense team has produced travel receipts and witness statements that the singer was in Mississippi visiting his sister on the night of the killing.

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