- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A man convicted of the brutal killing of his ex-girlfriend and hiding her body in a locked closet for years has been turned down in an effort to get the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to consider his case.

The court on Wednesday declined to take up a lower appeals court ruling earlier this year, leaving in place Ira Einhorn’s conviction for the 1977 murder of Holly Maddux in Philadelphia.

Einhorn fled the country and spent nearly 17 years hiding in Europe before being returned to the United States and convicted in 2002.

In February, Superior Court said a “vast and compelling quantum” of evidence was presented at trial to show Einhorn killed Maddux.

The 74-year-old Einhorn is an inmate at Houtzdale State Prison. A telephone message for Einhorn’s lawyer wasn’t returned.

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