Tampa, Florida (AP) --
A Florida appellate court has ruled against a
death row inmate who petitioned to keep a vintage pickup he was
convicted of killing a couple to steal.
The ruling may end a legal battle that has dragged on seven
years after the slayings of Richard and Karla Van Dusen in Tierra
Verde, near St. Petersburg.
William Deparvine was sentenced to death in 2006 for the
killings, but continued to press his claim on a restored 1971
Chevrolet Cheyenne the slain man restored. Authorities say
Deparvine forged a bill of sale for the truck, then killed the
couple and tried to frame someone else.
An appellate court panel on September 3 upheld a judge's earlier
finding that Deparvine had no claim to the truck, the St.
Petersburg Times reported.