- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento judge has denied a new trial to a man found guilty of murder for the 2012 death of a 13-year-old girl who was found stabbed and beaten in a baseball dugout.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1W5QvuG ) that the Monday decision put an end to a months-long defense effort to get a new trial for 25-year-old Ryan Douglas Roberts.

Prosecutors say DNA evidence from cigarettes and the girl’s belt suggests that Roberts and Jessica Funk-Haslam were in the dugout together at Rosemont Community Park before her death.

Roberts’ attorney argued that a murder weapon was never recovered and blamed the killing on another man.

Roberts will be sentenced on March 18. He faces 26 years to life in prison.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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