Williams appeal in connection with murders denied

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Williams appeal in connection with murders denied

February 24, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM EDT

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An appeals court in Albany denied the latest appeal by Robert Williams, 45, who is serving a life sentence without parole for the murders of a Binghamton woman and her daughter in 2002.

Williams was convicted of three counts of murder and one count of burglary in 2005.

Williams and another man shot and killed Valerie Spears, 51, and her daughter Devin, 14, at their home on South Washington Street.

In 2011, Williams was re-sentenced on the burglary charge because the court failed to include post release supervision. Williams appeal argued the court then did not update a pre-sentence report and that his counsel was ineffective for not requesting a new report.

The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division Third Department in Albany found no basis for the arguments. It affirmed the decision whether to obtain an updated pre-sentence report rests within the discretion of the court.

Vernon Parker, 45, is also serving a life sentence without parole for the murders and 25 years for burglary.

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