U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Eisele issued two opinions Thursday rejecting post-conviction relief for convicted murderers Chevie Kehoe of Washington state and Danny Lee of Yukon, Okla.
Kehoe's argument for a new trial included, among other claims, ineffective assistance of counsel and denial of his constitutional rights.
Lee had argued for a new trial because he claimed that the death penalty was applied in error and because of newly discovered evidence.
After a two-month trial, Lee and Kehoe were convicted in May 1999 of capital murder, racketeering and conspiracy. Prosecutors said they planned to overthrow the federal government and set up a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest.
The two were found guilty of the murders of Tilly gun dealer William Mueller, his wife Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.
Lee was sentenced to death while Kehoe was given a life sentence.
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