BOISE, Idaho-- The U.S. Supreme Court has denied requests to hear appeals filed in an Idaho death penalty case.

One of the petitions was filed last fall by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden in the case of Dale Shackelford, who was convicted in 2000 in the shooting death of his ex-wife and her boyfriend.

Shackelford was sentenced to death row for the gruesome crimes. The bodies of Donna Fontaine and Fred Palahniuk were set ablaze and found in a garage in the small north-central town of Kendrick.

Wasden asked the justices to overturn an Idaho Supreme Court ruling that lays the groundwork for Shackelford to be resentenced.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week also denied a separate appeal filed by Shackelford, who claimed a state judge made several errors during his trial.

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