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Court denies Bentler new trial in Bonaparte killings

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Court of Appeals denied a request for a new trial from a man convicted of killing his parents and three sisters.

Shawn Bentler was convicted of 5 counts of first-degree murder in May 2007 and is serving five life sentences. Authorities say he drove from his home in Quincy, Ill., in October 2006 and shot to death his family in their rural Bonaparte home in southeastern Iowa.

His lawyer argued that a district court judge should not have allowed the clothing Bentler was wearing when he was arrested to be used as evidence at his trial. The lawyer argued the seizure and initial examination of the clothes violated Bentler's constitutional rights.

The appeals court ruled Wednesday that Bentler didn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy concerning his clothes, and that the search didn't violated his rights

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