A Somali national serving four life sentences in a 2011 quadruple homicide in Minot has lost another appeal with the North Dakota State Supreme Court.
A jury convicted 35-year-old Omar Kalmio in 2013 of the 2011 killings of Sabrina, Dillion, and Jolene Zephier and Jeremy Longie.
Kalmio appealed the lower court’s denial over post-conviction relief. He said his appellate counsel mishandled the admissibility of prior bad acts, and the court should have granted him an evidentiary hearing.
In a ruling filed Thursday, Justice Jerod Tufte said that the high court affirmed the lower court’s decisions in the matter.
Applications for post-conviction relief most often arise when a person convicted of a crime believes he or she did not receive appropriate legal representation, in accordance with the sixth amendment.