Court denies appeal for Arizona death row inmate - KCTV5

Court denies appeal for Arizona death row inmate

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PHOENIX (AP) -

A federal appeals court has turned down an appeal filed on behalf of an Arizona Death Row inmate convicted of two killings during burglaries.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling upholds a trial judge's denial of James Erin McKinney's challenges to his murder convictions and death sentences.

The 9th Circuit ruling said it didn't matter much that McKinney was seated so he faced the jury while on trial with a co-defendant before separate juries. And it rejected his other challenges in the appeal.

McKinney was convicted in the 1991 killings of Christene Mertens and Jim McClain during separate burglaries in Maricopa County.

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