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Conviction upheld in 2005 murder of Boston cabdriver

The Supreme Judicial Court has affirmed the conviction of a Boston man who robbed and murdered a Brookline cabdriver in 2005, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Cleveland “Sleazy” Martin, 27, was convicted of armed robbery and first-degree murder under the theory of felony murder, said Conley. Martin was sentenced to life in prison in his 2008 trial.

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Martin and his friend, Jashawn Robinson, 29, repeatedly called 31-year-old Heureur Previlon asking him to pick them up near the MBTA’s Reservoir Station on Aug. 25 2005, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.

When the cabdriver arrived, Martin tried to rob him. Previlon fought back, and Martin pulled him into the back of the car and stabbed him with a kitchen knife, said Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan. Previlon bled to death in the vehicle.

Robinson was acquitted in a separate trial in 2009, prosecutors said.

After the stabbing, Martin and Robinson went to the Jette Court apartment of Martin’s girlfriend. She went and retrieved items left behind in the cab, which was stopped against a lamp post in the St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center parking lot, prosecutors said.

She returned to her apartment and left a trail of blood up to her door.

The defendants fled to Virginia, where they were arrested by Boston police and US Marshals, prosecutors said.

After Martin’s 2008 conviction, he appealed, claiming statements he made to Boston homicide detectives should not have been introduced at trial. He also said there was insufficient evidence to prove that anything of value had been stolen from the victim, prosecutors said.

Justices announced Wednesday they found no merit to Martin’s claims.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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