10th Circuit nixes appeal in quadruple murder case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to consider the appeal of a Kansas man convicted of killing four people in a Wichita duplex.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Cornelius Oliver waited too long to seek federal relief after the Kansas Supreme Court made his convictions final in December 2005.

The Kansas Supreme Court had upheld Oliver’s four first-degree murder convictions and his life sentence for each. Because a judge ordered him to serve the sentences consecutively, the 23-year-old Oliver wouldn’t be eligible for parole for 150 years.

The shootings occurred in December 2000 in the home of Oliver’s estranged girlfriend, 18-year-old Raeshawnda Wheaton. Wheaton was killed as were her roommate, 17-year-old Odessa Ford, Ford’s cousin, 17-year-old Quincy Williams, and another man, 19-year-old Jermaine Levy.


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