INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Court of Appeal has upheld a southwestern Indiana man's conviction in the fatal stabbing of his 15-year-old stepdaughter.
The court's ruling found that Ryan Lee Shelby's conviction that his 55-year sentence in the November 2009 killing of Alexis Oesterle at their Rockport home "is not inappropriate" for the crime.
A murder weapon was never found, but Shelby had confessed to police and prosecutors presented evidence that included a drop of Alexis' blood found on one of his boots.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports Shelby had argued that the trial court erred by denying his request to view the murder scene and independently collect evidence.
Shelby's appeal also argued the trial court should not have allowed Shelby's confession to police to be admitted as evidence.
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