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Appeal denied for Lillelid murder defendant

Published On: Mar 15 2013 06:52:21 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 15 2013 04:52:42 PM CDT

A woman convicted in a 1997 Greene County murder will not receive an appeal.

A federal appeals court refused to hear the case of Karen Howell. She was 17-years-old when authorities say she and five other young people from Kentucky abducted the Lillelid family at a rest stop.

The parents and a six-year-old girl were murdered. The couple's two-year-old son was shot twice but survived.

The family had just returned from a Jehovah's witness conference.

Howell argued she received ineffective counsel. Again, that appeal was denied.