Judge denies new trial for SC man in triple murder

Associated Press - June 3, 2011 2:45 PM ET

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A judge has denied a new trial for a 62-year-old Elloree man sentenced to death for killing his ex-girlfriend, her daughter and mother in September 1999.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports that Circuit Judge Casey Manning wrote in an order filed Thursday that Charles Shuler had no basis for a new sentencing or trial and that his trial team had been effective.

Shuler has been on South Carolina's death row since 2001, when he was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend Linda Williams; her mother, Dorothy Gates; and Williams' 13-year-old daughter, Stacey.

Shuler has several more state and federal appeals remaining. The state Supreme Court upheld Shuler's death sentence in 2003.

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