- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has opted to turn away an appeal by a southwestern Kentucky man convicted of a fatal shooting who is serving life in prison.

The decision of the justices on Thursday means that 31-year-old Aaron Whaley will remain in prison unless paroled. A jury in Christian County convicted Whaley in 2009 of murder and wanton endangerment in the shooting deaths of two people three years earlier.

Whaley has contested whether he was competent to stand trial. In September 2007, Whaley was found competent to stand trial after an emotional and psychological evaluation at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals in 2013 upheld that decision and the convictions.

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