Appeals court denies new trial motion in '91 killing

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Florida Department of Corrections photo of Connie Ray Israel

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. - 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.

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