High court upholds conviction in 1997 Greene County roadside kil

High court upholds conviction in 1997 Greene County roadside killing

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The conviction of a Kentucky woman in the 1997 roadside slaying of a 6-year-old girl and her parents in eastern Tennessee has been upheld by the state's high court.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied an application hear the case of Karen Renae Howell, 34, one of six people serving life in prison.

The Greeneville Sun reported a six-judge panel denied Howell's petition for post-conviction relief last week.

Howell was 17 years old when she and five other people from Pikeville in eastern Kentucky abducted 34-year-old Vidar Lillelid, his 28-year-old wife, Delfina, and their daughter Tabitha at a rest stop on Interstate 81 in Greene County. Howell was the second youngest in the group, who ranged in age from 14 to 20.

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