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Condemned killer loses 28-year bid to avoid execution

Jun 17, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
An appellate panel that three times vacated Fernando Belmontes' sentence gives in to the third U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding it.

A death row inmate's 28-year quest to have his sentence commuted was dashed Wednesday when a panel of judges from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals gave in to the Supreme Court's third ruling that Fernando Belmontes doesn't deserve to be spared execution.

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