- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the conviction of an Upper Peninsula man who was convicted of killing an 81-year-old woman before she could testify against him in a theft case.

David Levack had helped care for Joyce Johnson’s husband before he died in 2009 and subsequently worked at the Johnson home as a handyman.

Joyce Johnson was found dead in her tub in 2012 after she failed to appear in Iron County court. She had accused Levack of stealing jewelry.

Levack raised many points on appeal, but the court rejected them last week. He said the trial should have been held in a different county because of pre-trial publicity. But most members of the jury pool said they didn’t know Levack.

The 47-year-old is serving a life sentence.

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