ATLANTA (AP) - A Florida inmate convicted of killing a prison
guard while awaiting the death penalty for two previous murders has
lost a bid to appeal his sentence.
A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday
denied an application for a certificate of appealability for Askari
Abdullah Muhammad, formerly known as Thomas Knight.
Knight, who has been on death row for more than 30 years, acted
as his own lawyer when he was convicted of the fatal stabbing of
Richard Burke with the sharpened end of a spoon in 1980.
Issues he wanted to appeal involved his competency and insanity defense.
Knight received two death sentences for the 1974 murders of Sidney and Lillian Gans of Miami Beach.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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