- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man convicted in the 2009 killing of three Pittsburgh police officers.

The court ruled Tuesday that Richard Poplawski’s sentence was based on the overwhelming evidence against him in the death of officers Paul Sciullo (SHOO’-loh) II, Stephen Mayhle (MAY’-lee) and Eric Kelly.

Poplawski was convicted in 2011 of killing the officers when they responded to a domestic dispute at his mother’s home six years ago.

Attorneys for Poplawski questioned on appeal whether it was an error to allow statements to police into evidence and show jurors images of officers’ funerals, among other issues.

But the court ruled that the evidence against him was properly vetted and admissible.

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