Court rejects appeal in Auburn football player slaying
(Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Department)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals is refusing to reconsider its decision upholding the conviction of a man found guilty of killing two one-time Auburn University football players and a third person.
The judges on Friday declined to rehear the case of Desmonte Leonard. The same court upheld his murder conviction and life sentence earlier this month.
The 26-year-old Leonard was convicted in 2014 of fatally shooting three people during a party at an apartment complex in Auburn in June 2012.
The victims included former Auburn football players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips. DeMario Pitts also died, and three others were wounded.
Leonard's defense had appealed claiming a Lee County judge was wrong when he refused to let jurors consider a lesser charge than murder.
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