New trial rejected for man convicted with bodies in yard

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A panel of judges has rejected an appeal for a new trial for a Pennsylvania man convicted in the 2002 strangulation deaths of a pharmacist and his girlfriend.

Hugo Selenski was sentenced to life without parole plus 56 to 120 years in the slayings of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Lynn Fassett.

The judges on Thursday upheld a decision that Selenski received a fair trial. They rejected Selenski's claims prosecutors withheld evidence about a key witness and his defense attorney was wrongly removed.

Prosecutors say he and a co-conspirator beat Kerkowski to compel him to reveal the location of tens of thousands of dollars.

Prosecutors say he then strangled Kerkowski and Fassett using flex ties. Authorities later found their decomposing bodies on property where Selenski lived near Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree), along with several other sets of human remains.

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