Courts uphold death sentence in Pa. athlete murder

    A man convicted of murdering a college lacrosse star from suburban Philadelphia in 1996 has lost a bid to avoid the death penalty.

    The state Supreme Court last week upheld a lower court ruling denying Arthur Bomar’s appeal for post-conviction relief.

    Prosecutors say they still expect the 55-year-old Bomar’s lawyers to file a federal appeal.

    Bomar was convicted of murder, kidnapping, rape and abuse of a corpse in the slaying of 22-year-old Aimee Willard.

    Prosecutors said Bomar, on parole for a Nevada murder conviction, abducted the George Mason University student from her car.

    Bomar appealed his December 1998 death sentenced alleging ineffective counsel, court error, and constitutional issues.

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