SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's Supreme Court has denied a death row inmate's request for a new trial of his 1988 murder case on the grounds that he was poorly represented by his previous attorneys.
The court issued the denial of Michael Anthony Archuleta's petition on Tuesday.
A jury convicted both Archuleta and Lance Wood in 1989 of killing a 28-year-old Southern Utah University student.
Attorney James Slavens told justices in May that Archuleta deserved a new trial, or a new penalty phase, because Wood took primary responsibility for the crime in a 2009 court affidavit.
State prosecutors argued that Wood's statement was part of a changing explanation, not a confession.
Utah's high court ruling says justices found no merit to any of Archuleta's claims.
Slavens did not immediately return a message Tuesday.