Menendez brothers fail to get new trial
February 28, 1998
Erik and Lyle Menendez on trial in November 1995
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LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- An appellate court has affirmed a
judge's ruling in the 1996 murder case of Erik and Lyle
Menendez by denying the brothers a new trial, according to
prosecutor David Conn.
The brothers had appealed the ruling by Superior Court Judge
Stanley Weisberg, contending he had erred in several of
previous rulings. Their appeal was denied Friday.
Lyle, 28, and his brother, Erik, 26, were convicted of
first-degree murder for the August 1989 shotgun slayings of
their entertainment father, Jose, and their mother, Kitty.
In 1994, separate juries were unable to reach a verdict in
the case. A single jury heard the second trial in 1996. The
brothers were convicted and sentenced to life in prison
without the possibility of parole.
The brothers claimed that they killed their parents after
suffering years of abuse. But prosecutors argued that the
brothers killed to get the family money: $14 million.