A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a conviction in a 1980 murder.
Curtis Forbes, 55, of Randolph was sentenced to life in prison in 2010 after he was convicted of first-degree murder in the beating and stabbing of 18-year-old Marilyn McIntyre.
Marilyn's husband found her body when he returned from working an overnight shift on March 11, 1980. The couple's 3-month-old baby was in a crib at their Columbus apartment.
A criminal complaint filed after McIntyre's body was exhumed in 2008 says blood from both the defendant, Curtis Forbes, and McIntyre were found in a bathroom sink at the victim's home.
Forbes was arrested on March 24, 2009. The trial began on Monday, November 8, 2010 and continued through closing arguments and the beginning of deliberation on Monday, November 15, 2010.
Forbes argued on appeal that the lower court should not have allowed a statement from his wife that she had seen blood on his shirt. The 4th District Court of Appeals wrote Thursday that any error in admitting the statement was harmless because the jury was likely to have reached the same verdict without it.
Marilyn McIntyre was the wife of the defendant’s longtime friend.
The Associated Press contributed to this report