Ruling that Overturned NJ Murder Conviction Stands

A federal appeals court will not reconsider its ruling that overturned a murder conviction.

In a decision announced Thursday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it would deny the request made by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey.

The appellate court decided May 28 to overturn Paul Kamienski's 1988 convictions and double life sentence in the murders of a Florida couple in 1983 in what prosecutors called a drug deal gone bad. The court wrote the evidence presented at trial was not sufficient to warrant the verdict of guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Kamienski, who has maintained his innocence, spent more than 20 years in prison before being freed June 16.

Prosecutors say they will consider an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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