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Man convicted of murdering YSU student loses appeal

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The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man originally sentenced to death for murdering a Youngstown State University student.

Although the death sentence in the case was dismissed earlier, the court on Thursday voted 6-to-1 to affirm the conviction of 58-year-old Bennie Adams who was found guilty of murdering Gina Tenney in 2008.

The 19-year-old victim had been robbed, raped and her body tossed in the river in 1985.

Adams argued that he had ineffective legal counsel that failed to challenge items such as evidence being presented by a substitute witness instead of the coroner who originally performed the autopsy on Tenney.

He also argued that the evidence against him was insufficient to convict him of aggravated murder in the course of committing a rape or kidnapping.

The Court disagreed, ruling that there is sufficient evidence to prove otherwise.

Although the Supreme Court's most recent ruling upholds Adams' conviction, a ruling from the high court last year has already vacated the death sentence in the case.

Because the case was sent back to the lower court, the U.S. Constitution's double jeopardy clause prohibits someone from being tried or punished twice for the same crime.

When Adams is re sentenced in Mahoning County on June 6, the maximum penalty he faces is life in prison.

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