- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The conviction of a Kentucky woman in the 1997 roadside slaying of a 6-year-old girl and her parents in eastern Tennessee has been upheld by the state’s high court.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied an application hear the case of34-year-old Karen Renae Howell, one of six people serving life in prison.

The Greeneville Sun reported (https://bit.ly/1jQpnfj ) a six-judge panel denied Howell’s petition for post-conviction relief last week.

Howell was 17 years old when she and five other people from Pikeville in eastern Kentucky abducted 34-year-old Vidar Lillelid, his 28-year-old wife, Delfina, and their daughter Tabitha at a rest stop on Interstate 81 in Greene County. Howell was the second youngest in the group, who ranged in age from 14 to 20.

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Information from: The Greeneville Sun, https://www.greenevillesun.com

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