Ala. Professor Denied Appeal of Murder Conviction

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has declined to hear a former University of Alabama in Huntsville professor's appeal of his murder conviction.

Andrew Pakhomov was sentenced to 45 years in prison in 2009 for strangling his wife, Yelena Zakin, and dumping her body in the Tennessee River three year earlier. Prosecutors said the 49-year-old physics professor killed his wife after she wrecked his office when she found him with another woman.

A fisherman found the partially submerged body a few days later. Pakhomov remarried eight months after his wife's body was found.

Pakhomov can appeal his case to federal courts or seek to argue he had ineffective legal counsel.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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