Megan's Law Killer Can Continue Appeal: Court

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011  |  Updated 10:43 AM EDT
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An appeals court says the sex offender convicted of killing the New Jersey girl that Megan's Law is named after has the right to continue some legal appeals.     

Jesse Timmendequas claimed his life sentence should be reversed or he should get a new trial.     

The state appeals court issued a mixed ruling Tuesday. The panel says it was wrong for a lower court judge to dismiss some of his claims as moot after the state abolished the death penalty in 2007.     

Now, a lower court is being told to address the merits of those claims.     

The 50-year-old was sentenced to death in 1997 for the 1994 kidnap, rape and murder of 7-year-old Megan Kanka.     

Megan's Law requires notification when high-risk sex offenders move into neighborhoods.

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