NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has refused to hear the appeal of one of the six people serving life in prison for the 1997 roadside murders of a 6-year-old girl and her parents.
Karen R. Howell was 17 years old when she and five other young people from eastern Kentucky abducted the Lillelid family at a rest stop in Greene County, Tenn.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday refused to hear Howell's appeal, which had argued that she had received ineffective counsel.
The Lillelid family had just returned from a Jehovah's witness conference when they were taken hostage, shot and left for dead.
The couple's 2-year-old son was shot twice but survived. The killers ranged in age from 14 to 20.