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Legal appeals exhausted for convicted murderer


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Tami Duvall, the former Columbus resident who was convicted of murdering her husband to collect an insurance policy she had bought for him, exhausted her direct legal appeals when the Indiana Supreme Court refused to hear her case.

The Supreme Court unanimously declined Thursday to hear the case, according to case information on the Indiana Clerk of the Courts online docket.

On April 20, 2011, a 12-member jury found Duvall guilty of murder, six counts of insurance fraud and three counts of obstruction of justice in the 2007 poisoning death of her estranged husband, Alan Duvall, for whom she purchased a $100,000 life insurance policy a month before he was found dead.

Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Stephen Heimann sentenced Duvall on May 25, 2011 to 60½ years in prison: 55 years for the murder conviction, four years for insurance fraud and 1½ years for obstruction of justice.

By refusing to hear the case, Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash said, the Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the lower courts about her trial..

For more information, please read Tuesday's Republic.

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