Appeals court upholds death penalty sentence for well-known inmate

 A federal appeals court has upheld the death penalty sentence for one of Tennessee

FILE - This November 2005 file photo shows the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Corrections Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. The sole U.S. manufacturer of a key lethal injection drug said Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 that it is ending production because of death-penalty opposition overseas _ a move that could delay executions across the United States. The current shortage of the drug in the U.S. has delayed or disrupted executions in Arizona, California, Kentucky, Ohio and Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the death penalty sentence for one of Tennessee's most well-known inmates, Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman, who was convicted in a 1986 stabbing death of a drug dealer in Nashville.

In a 2-1 decision by a panel of judges, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in a majority opinion filed Wednesday denied Abdur'Rahman's claims that prosecutors withheld evidence that could have convinced jurors to give him a life sentence instead of the death penalty.

Abdur'Rahman, previously known as James Lee Jones, is known for his legal challenges to Tennessee's lethal injection procedure. He has said he was part of a group trying to cleanse the community of drug dealers when he fatally stabbed Patrick Daniels with a butcher knife and critically injured a woman.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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