Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 | 10:34 p.m.
A federal appeals court has rejected the petition of Artis Moore, who argued his attorney was incompetent when he was convicted of first-degree murder in Las Vegas.
Moore was sentenced to life in prison without the possibly of parole for his part in the shooting death of bartender Salvatore Zendano during the May 1998 holdup of O’Aces Bar & Grill.
Moore maintained that his lawyer failed to investigate his intellectual capacity in the court proceedings.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, “Moore’s counsel was under no obligation to investigate Moore’s intellectual capacity, because there was nothing to put him on notice that Moore was mentally impaired.”
His crime partner Kenshaw Maxey was also sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
Moore admitted to driving the getaway car and there was evidence that he bought a rifle five days before the robbery-murder. The court said there was “overwhelming evidence of Moore’s guilt.”