Death row inmate loses Utah Supreme Court appeal

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 3:32 PM


SALT LAKE CITY— A death row inmate’s conviction and sentence will stand after the Utah Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling to dismiss his appeal.

Douglas Carter was convicted in 1985 of the first-degree murder of Eva Olesen, 57, during a robbery at her Provo home. Olesen was stabbed 10 times and shot in the head.

Carter appealed to the Utah Supreme Court a ruling by Fourth District Court Judge Lynn W. Davis, who dismissed his petition for post-conviction relief. Carter had claimed that he received ineffective legal assistance after his initial conviction, but Davis ruled his claims were without merit.

The state Supreme Court agreed in a ruling Friday.

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