The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of a man serving life in prison with no chance of parole for the murder of an Butler Community College student.
The justices unanimously rejected an appeal for a new trial from Israel G. Mireles.
Mireles was convicted of rape and capital murder in the November 2007 stabbing and strangulation of Emily Sander. The 18-year-old student was killed in an El Dorado motel room that Mireles had been renting while working in the south-central Kansas community.
The court rejected Mireles’ claim that grisly autopsy photos shouldn’t have been admitted as evidence.