Appeals court rejects convicted murderer's appeal

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.- The Indiana Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a Jeffersonsville man convicted last year in a double-murder.

Ryan Sheckles' attorneys had argued that a Clark County judge failed to take the Jeffersonville man's low IQ into account as a mitigating factor before handing down his 120-year sentence. Among the defense's other claims was that there was insufficient evidence to support the conviction and that improper evidence was admitted by the court.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reported the three-judge appeals court on Tuesday rejected all of those arguments by unanimous agreement.

Sheckles was convicted last June of two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of 38-year-old Larry Morrow and his ex-wife, 30-year-old Shannon Howard Morrow, during an August 2009 drug deal in Jeffersonville.


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