Federal Court Rejects Death Row Appeal

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal appeals court has rejected an Arkansas death-row inmate's claims of serious errors in his second murder trial.

Judges on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis found no merit in a wide-ranging appeal by Stacy Eugene Johnson, convicted of the 1993 slaying of Carol Heath.  The three-judge panel's ruling against the 38-year-old leaves only the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case, as he has exhausted all other appeals.

Heath was killed in April 1993 in her De Queen apartment.  Her 6-year-old daughter and her 2-year-old son were home at the time.

Johnson, who is being held at the state's Varner unit, does not face a scheduled execution date.

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