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Friday, April 11, 1997

Appeals court declines to hear Kristi Koslow's appeal

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The state Court of Criminal Appeals has declined to consider an appeal from Kristi Koslow, who is serving a life sentence for the March 1992 slaying of her stepmother.

The court did not issue a written opinion in its decision Wednesday.

The appeal was based on the argument that police erred by denying her access to a lawyer before she gave a statement to Fort Worth police.

Asked whether he plans to appeal Miss Koslow's case to the U.S. Supreme Court, defense lawyer Allan Butcher said, "I would doubt it. I'm certainly not going to close that door until I can review the whole thing."

Butcher said he has not decided whether to ask for another state appeals court hearing, which he would have to do before April 24.

Prosecutors described Miss Koslow, 17 at the time of the murder, as the mastermind who recruited her boyfriend and an acquaintance to kill Caren Koslow in an attempt to gain a $12 million inheritance.

The boyfriend, Brian Salter, testified against her, pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison. The acquaintance, Jeffrey Dillingham, was convicted and sentenced to death.

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