Stanko denied new trial

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February 25, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C.---The South Carolina Suipreme Court has denied a new trial for convicted killer Stephen Stanko. His lawyers say he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Stanko was sentenced to death for killing his girlfriend and assaulting her teenage daughter. He is awaiting another trial in the murder of a 74-year old man for his truck.

Stanko was captured in Augusta in the spring of 2005. He had met a local woman and had even attended church with her. He was caught after she informed deputies where he was.

Stanko's attorneys argued he didn't get a fair trial because the judge refused to let lawyers ask potential jurors what they thought of someone claiming they were insane while committing a crime.

During the trial, the defense lawyers argued Stanko's life should be spared because he has a brain defect and couldn't tell right from wrong.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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