Alice Louise Donovan of Galivants Ferry, S.C., is shown in this undated photo. Donovan was abducted in a South Carolina Wal-Mart parking lot by two men who had escaped from the Hopkins County Jail in western Kentucky Nov. 4, 2002. Both men, Chadrick Fulks and Brandon Basham are on death row for her murder. (AP Photo/The News Sun, Ho)
Lincoln County, W.Va., native Chadrick Fulks is escorted by U.S. marshals out of the federal courthouse in Huntington on Tuesday, April 12, 2005, following an arraignment on charges of carjacking resulting in the death of Marshall University student Samantha Burns, use of a firearm to commit a crime and interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A man on federal death row for killing women in South Carolina and West Virginia has been denied a request to vacate his death sentence.
U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. this week turned down the motion from Brandon Basham.
In 2011, Basham said he wanted his sentence and conviction vacated because of mistakes made at his 2004 trial.
He and Chadrick Fulks were convicted of killing Marshall University student Samantha Burns and Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry after they escaped from a Kentucky jail in 2002. Donovan's remains were found last year. Burns' body has never been found.
The U.S. Supreme Court has also previously turned down a request to overturn Basham's death sentence because of a juror's misconduct.