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Court Rejects Appeal Of Looper's Murder Conviction

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee court has declined a more than 2,000-page appeal by a former public official convicted of murdering a state senator in order to win his seat in the state Legislature.

The state Court of Criminal Appeals in Knoxville rejected the appeal by Byron Looper, a former property assessor in Putnam County who was convicted for the 1998 shooting death of Sen. Tommy Burks of Monterey. He's serving life in prison without the chance for parole.

Looper added the middle name "Low Tax" before running against Burks for the Senate.

Burks's widow, Charlotte Burks, was elected to fill her late husband's seat and still serves in the Senate.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) 

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