- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) - A judge has denied a southwestern Indiana man’s request to reverse his murder conviction for the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend’s father.

Gibson County Judge Jeffrey Meade rejected the motion filed for Austin Blaize of Francisco. A jury convicted Blaize in August of murder and other charges in the January 2013 killing of 47-year-old Terry Monier at the older man’s home near the town of Fort Branch about 20 miles north of Evansville.

The Princeton Daily Clarion reports (https://bit.ly/Zr4K6j ) defense attorney Ivan Arnaez asked the judge to throw out the murder conviction, maintaining that evidence didn’t support that Blaize set out to kill Monier. The jury recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole because of the murder conviction.

Blaize’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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Information from: Princeton Daily Clarion, https://www.tristate-media.com/pdclarion

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