Fla. Justices Uphold Cop Killer's Death Sentence

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A death row inmate who killed a Lake
County sheriff's deputy has lost an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.

The justices unanimously upheld Jason Wheeler's murder conviction and death sentence Thursday. Wheeler fatally shot Deputy Wayne Koester in 2005 when the deputy responded to a domestic violence call from Wheeler's girlfriend.

The justices also upheld Wheeler's attempted murder conviction for shooting two other deputies who survived.

Wheeler was shot and paralyzed from the neck down when captured
after a manhunt in the Ocala National Forest.

He claimed Satan and drugs led him to ambush the deputies with a
sawed-off shotgun.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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