Appeals court denies new trial motion in '91 killing

Published On: Apr 19 2013 03:14:40 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2013 09:45:13 PM EDT

An appeals court has denied a motion for a new trial in a Putnam County death penalty case regarding the home invasion, rape and murder of a 77-year-old woman.

Connie Ray Israel was convicted of killing Esther Hagans in her home in 1991.

The 11th Circuit Court of appeals denied a motion from Israel's appeals lawyer for a new trial.

The lawyer had argued ineffective counsel on the part of the trial lawyer.

Israel remains on death row.