Convicted Murderers Lose Appeals

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Two inmates on death row for murders in
southern Nevada have lost appeals to the state Supreme Court.

The court rejected a petition from Alfonso M. Blake, convicted
of the fatal shooting of two women and the wounding another, and
turned down the appeal of David Riker, found guilty of the
robbery-murder of a man in Las Vegas.

Clark County District Judge Sally Loehrer rejected claims by
Blake that his trial and appeals attorneys were ineffective. The
Supreme Court said Blake failed to adequately support those claims.

Blake, 39, was convicted of the fatal shooting of Sophear Choy,
19, and Priscilla Van Dine, 23, on March 5, 2003. He was also
convicted of wounding of Kim Choy, 23, who was shot twice in the
head.

The Choys were dancers at strip clubs and Van Dine was a friend.
Blake, an aspiring R & B singer, recruited the three victims to
rent a house from him. When they backed out of the deal he shot
them.

In Riker's case, the Supreme Court upheld a decision by Clark
County District Judge Michael Villani, who ruled the inmate's
petition was barred because it was filed past a deadline. Riker
claimed the delay was not his fault.

Riker pleaded guilty to the robbery-murder of Kevin Marble in
Las Vegas in April 1992.
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Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com


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