PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal appeals court says the family of a western Pennsylvania man killed in state prison earlier this month cannot continue his appeal of his conviction in the 1998 murders of his ex-wife and her boyfriend.
State police said 59-year-old William Keitel died Aug. 11 after he was beaten earlier in the month in the State Correctional Institution-Houtzdale.
Keitel had a federal appeal pending of his Allegheny County conviction in the murders of 35-year-old Michele Keitel and 34-year-old Charles Dunkle during a child custody exchange at a convenience store on New Year's Day in 1998.
Keitel's parents had sought to continue the appeal to try to clear their son's name, but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/15XbO9I ) reports that a three-judge panel ruled Friday that Keitel's death ends the appeal.
Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com