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August 22, 2014

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Court rejects death row inmate’s appeal for new trial

CARSON CITY — A death row inmate convicted of killing a 20-year-old woman in Clark County in 1994 has lost his latest appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court for a new trial.

In his appeal, Sterling Atkins argued that errors made in previous appeals entitled him to a new hearing of the case, according to court records.

The court, however, said that the latest appeal was not filed until 2009, more than seven years beyond the deadline for such actions.

Atkins and co-defendant Anthony Doyle were both sentenced to death for the kidnapping and slaying of Ebony Mason, whose nude body was found in the desert outside of Las Vegas.

Another co-defendant, Shawn Atkins, a brother of Sterling Atkins, pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping and was sentenced to two concurrent life terms with the possibility of parole, according to court records. He provided state’s evidence about the details of the death.

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