Denied: Cop killer loses his appeal

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -  A cop killer will do his time.  Lamidi Kafaru lost his appeal.  Kafaru was convicted of killing Cleveland police officer, Derek Owens in 2008.

Kafaru didn't get the death penalty because his jury had trouble deciding, so the judge gave him life in prison.

Kafaru claimed he was not fairly represented and there was misconduct by the prosecutors. The appeals court didn't buy either claims.

The 19-year-old fatally wounded Officer Owens during a foot pursuit.

This, after Owens and his partner caught Kafaru and some friends drinking in an abandoned garage.

36-year-old Owens was a ten-year veteran of the Cleveland Police Department, a husband and father of two young children when he was slain.

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