BOISE -- The Idaho Court of Appeals has affirmed the first-degree murder conviction for an Idaho man involved in the slaying of another man in Lewiston nearly six years ago.

The three-judge panel issued a unanimous opinion Wednesday in the case of Leotis B. Branigh III.

Branigh was convicted in the October 2007 shooting death of Michael S. Johnston in Lewiston.

In his appeal, Branigh challenged several issues, including the judge's decision denying a motion to suppress the use of cellphone records and allegations of prosecutor misconduct during closing arguments.

The judges ruled Branigh's attorneys failed to prove the lower court erred in allowing the cellphone records. And while the judges say Branigh demonstrated prosecutorial misconduct at trial, they determined it harmless when weighed against the compelling evidence in the case.

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