Appeal Rejected for British Man in 1986 Miami Double Murder

A British man convicted of a decades-old South Florida double murder has lost an appeal seeking a new trial based on his claims of innocence.

The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday upheld without comment a 2015 ruling against a new trial for 77-year-old Krishna Maharaj.

Maharaj contends he was framed by Colombian drug cartels for the 1986 shooting deaths of his business partner and the partner's son at a downtown Miami hotel.

Once a championship horse breeder in England, Maharaj is serving a life prison sentence. His claims of innocence have been the subject of books, British documentaries and numerous news stories over the years. But a Miami judge last year labeled those claims preposterous in rejecting a new trial.

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