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Spokane Serial Killer Robert Yates Denied Petition

The Washington state Supreme Court has denied a petition filed by serial killer Robert Lee Yates, in which he claims his trial for two of the 13 or more murders he committed was unfair.

Today in Crime History: Robert Lee Yates Jr. Sentenced to Death

On October 4, 2002, Yates, the Spokane Serial Killer, was sentenced to death for the murders of Melinda Mercer and Connie LaFontaine. Yates is known to have murdered at least 13 women, though many more victims have been attributed to him. The most remarkable thing about this violent murderer of prostitutes, however, was how utterly unremarkable and ordinary he seemed in his stable family life.