SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the death sentence for a former Bay Area policeman who killed six people in 1983.
The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/16zeomm ) says the court ruled against Anthony Sully on Tuesday.
Sully, who's 69, was an electrical contractor and a former Millbrae policeman.
Authorities say he became addicted to cocaine and invested in an escort service. In 1983, he killed four prostitutes, a woman drug dealer and a man who may have been a pimp.
Sully's appeal argued that his trial lawyer didn't investigate evidence that he was mentally ill.
But the court said that probably wouldn't have convinced a jury to spare his life. It noted evidence that Sully had tortured his victims for pleasure and mutilated their bodies.
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.