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April 18, 2014

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Court rejects appeal of man convicted in deaths of prostitutes

CARSON CITY — A Las Vegas killer who complained he was not permitted to act as his own attorney at trial has lost his appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Domonic R. Malone was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the deaths of two prostitutes in Las Vegas in 2006.

Malone said District Court Judge Michael Villani violated his constitutional right to represent himself by appointing him an attorney at trial, according to court records.

In its ruling, the state Supreme Court said a defendant has a constitutional right to represent himself, but Malone took “vacillating positions” on whether he wanted a lawyer. It said Malone’s actions “were equivocal and appeared to be made for the purposes of delay.”

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