Idaho Supreme Court rejects wife's murder conviction appeal

Idaho Supreme Court rejects wife's murder conviction appeal

Credit: IDOC

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 9:35 AM

BOISE -- The Idaho Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a Buhl woman convicted of first-degree murder in the 1995 death of her husband.

The Times-News reports that the court on Tuesday upheld the 2000 conviction of 45-year-old Alisha Ann Murphy.

Murphy contended that a district court erred by denying her request for counsel after her conviction.

But the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Murphy has no right to post-conviction counsel.

Murphy received a life sentence after being convicted of knocking James Murphy out cold with a frying pan and then shooting him.

She has said she and her children, then 4 and 7, fled the house after a fight and James Murphy committed suicide.

But four years later, one of the children told authorities he lied about seeing James Murphy alive when they left the house.

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