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Judge denies new sentencing for Robertson

YORK — A judge has denied Jimmy Robertson's request for a new sentencing in the 1997 murder of his parents. In a post-conviction relief hearing this week, Robertson had claimed he was ineffectively represented by his former trial lawyers.

Robertson, who sits on death row for murdering his parents, was represented by Bill Hancock and Jim Boyd during his double-murder trial.

Robertson was convicted in the 1997 murders of Earl and Terry Robertson. Robertson stabbed his mother to death and later used a bat and claw hammer to kill his father, a Springs Industries executive.

Judge John Few this afternoon denied Robertson a new sentencing phase.

Robertson is in custody at Moss Justice Center.

For more, see Thursday's Herald.