Cayci Higgins, Dawn Rogers and Orenthal “O.J.” Blair, were found shot to death Feb. 14, 1999. Twanna “Tart” Blair was also shot but survived. At one time a defendant in the case, Blair was acquitted when evidence failed to show she played a role in the killings. Maurice Johnson, who was convicted in August 2009, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Michael A. “Money” Younger is charged with three counts of first-degree murder. He is facing death if convicted, according to court filings. Higgins, Rogers and the Blairs were shot inside a 19th Street apartment on Valentine’s Day 1999. Higgins was 19; Rogers, a mother of two small children, was 25; and Blair who was 18.
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Higgins family issues DA motion statementby GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer Cleveland Daily Banner 18 days ago | 1988 views | | 10 | | The family of the late Cayci Higgins has issued a public statement regarding the motion of charges being dropped in a 1999 Valentine’s Day triple murders in which the Cleveland woman was one of the victims.
The motion for charges to be dropped was filed last week against the third defendant, Michael Younger, accused of killing Cayci Higgins, O.J. Blair and Dawn Rogers.
District Attorney General Steve Bebb cited alleged credibility issues with former Cleveland Police Detective Duff Brumley as the reason for the motion to dismiss.
Maurice Johnson was convicted in the triple murder and is currently serving life without the possibility of parole in a Tennessee prison.
Another defendant, Twanna “Tart” Blair, faced charges as well, but her trial ended in mistrial. She was also wounded during the shooting, but survived and officials originally thought she was a victim, but charged her later.
Investigators believed the shootings occurred because of a reported fight which occurred in Sweetwater the night before. The bodies of the three victims were found in their apartment near the downtown area.
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