Mr. Heyne was convicted of the first-degree murders of Benjamin Hamilton, Sarah Buckoski and their 5-year-old daughter, Ivory Hamilton. All three were fatally shot in 2006. The trial court sentenced Mr. Heyne to life in prison for the murders of the parents and to death for the murder of the child. This Court upheld all three convictions and the death sentence, which had been recommended by the jury by a 10-2 vote. Mr. Heyne filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
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