- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A federal court has turned down an appeal filed on behalf of an Arizona prison inmate convicted of killing a Flagstaff police officer 14 years ago.

The appeal denied Thursday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had argued that Eric Michael Clerk was provided ineffective legal representation regarding certain evidence and his competency to stand trial.

A three-judge panel ruled that it was not out of bounds for a state appellate court to have concluded that Clark’s defense representation was not ineffective.

Clark was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for killing Officer Jeffrey Moritz in June 2000. The officer had approached Clark in response to a noise complaint.

Clark’s sentence makes him eligible for release after 25 years in prison.

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