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Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Michael Ballard's death sentences will stand

Published On: Nov 21 2013 05:04:29 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 21 2013 06:01:07 PM EST

Pennsylvania's highest court has denied an appeal filed by mass murderer Michael Ballard.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania's highest court has denied an appeal filed by mass murderer Michael Ballard.

Ballard received four death sentences in 2011, one for each of the victims he admitted to killing inside a home in Northampton, Northampton Co.

Earlier this year, Ballard's attorneys appealed the sentence, arguing that several aspects of his trial were not handled fairly.

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The state Supreme Court issued its ruling Thursday, denying the appeal. The court said the sentences are supported by overwhelming evidence against Ballard.