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Conviction upheld in deaths of 4 children

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and life sentence of a Somali immigrant who killed his four children and attacked his wife in Louisville.

The justices on Thursday found that a trial judge didn't make an error in how he handled the insanity claims of 49-year-old Said (sy-EED') Biyad. A Jefferson Circuit Court judge convicted Biyad in 2011.

Prosecutors argued that Biyad was an angry and possessive man who slit the throats of his children following an argument with his wife in 2006. The children were ages 2 through 8.

Biyad's attorneys argued that prosecutors had to disprove his claim of insanity. Justice Mary Noble, writing for the court, said prosecutors weren't required to disprove the insanity defense, even though Biyad presented expert testimony at trial.


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