- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court is rejecting the latest appeal from a man convicted of strangling an Orlando woman and stashing her nude body behind a palmetto thicket near Disney World.

John Huggins had been convicted of the 1997 murder of 30-year-old engineer Carla Larson. His appeals were briefly put on hold after he was deemed incompetent.

The justices Thursday unanimously rejected new arguments made by Huggins, including that his lawyers did a poor job handling his case.

Larson was kidnapped from a supermarket parking lot near Disney. Huggins had taken his family to the theme park and was later charged with her murder.

Larson’s death is not the only tragedy the family has faced. Larson’s sister-in-law, Sonja Larson, was among five people murdered in Gainesville in 1990 by Danny Rolling.

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