Convict Says He Didn't Get Lawyer, So Wants New Trial

A convicted killer who was living in Connecticut under an assumed name before his conviction wants a new trial. When Benjamin Appleby, 33, was arrested in Connecticut, he asked for an attorney but was ignored, his lawyer said.

Appleby a former swimming pool maintenance worker, was convicted in 2004 for killing Ali Kemp, 19, at a pool in Johnson County, Kansas in 2002. Kemp was working at the pool after finishing her freshman year at Kansas State.

Appleby was in Litchfield, Conn., living with his fiancee under an alias when authorities found him.

He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole on the capital murder charge and 19 years for attempted rape.

Appleby's attorney, Debra Wilson, told the Kansas Supreme Court Tuesday that her client's conviction should be overturned. Wilson says Appleby's request for a lawyer when he was arrested in Connecticut was ignored.

Appleby hadn't ask for an attorney before admitting to the killing, prosecutors said.

The court gave no indication when it will rule. 

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