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New Trial Denied for Double Murder Convict

New Trial Denied for Double Murder Convict



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The man convicted of a grisly double murder doesn't deserve a new trial.

That's what the Utah Supreme Court ruled today on the appeal of John Pinder.

Pinder was convicted of murder for fatally shooting two former employees, Rex Tanner and June Flood, in 1998. Pinder then used explosives to blow up their bodies to conceal evidence.

Pinder appealed saying the trial judge was wrong in not allowing testimony pointing to someone else as the triggerman.

Andrew Parnes is Pinder's attorney and maintains that his client is innocent.

Parnes says he plans to pursue all legal remedies on behalf of Pinder.

Assistant attorney general Karen Klucznik (KLEZ-nick) says although Pinder has the option of further appeals there is overwhelming evidence that Pinder committed the crimes and his conviction is sound.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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