Man on federal death row tries for new hearing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Yukon, Okla., man on federal death row for the slayings of three members of an Arkansas family wants a judge to reconsider his denial of a request for a hearing that could lead to a new trial.

Attorney Karl Schwartz on Tuesday filed a motion saying U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes was wrong to have turned away Danny Lee's petition for a hearing so he could argue for retrial.

Holmes denied the motion, saying Lee didn't go through proper procedures to try to get the hearing. But Schwartz cites case law that he says opens the way for Holmes to grant the hearing.

Lee was convicted in the 1996 deaths of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy Mueller, and their daughter, Sarah, in a white supremacist plot.

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