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A former Philadelphia hippie "guru," who spent 17 years on the lam before being brought to justice for the 1977 murder of his girlfriend, has failed in his attempt to get a new trial. A three-judge Superior Court panel rejected all 10 issues raised in the appeal.

Ira Einhorn (pictured in 1979 mug shot), now 66, is serving life in prison without parole for the murder of Holly Maddux, 30. After Maddux was missing for 18 months before police found her decomposing body in a steamer trunk in a closet in Einhorn's apartment.

In January 1981, two days before his murder trial, Einhorn fled the country and became a most-wanted fugitive. He was tried in absentia for the murder of Maddux and found guilty. After Einhorn was captured in France in June 1997, he was granted a new trial in 2002 and was convicted again.

In his appeal, Einhorn argued that the judge should not have allowed prosecutors to present evidence that he had abused other women, should have sequestered the jury, and should have granted his Swedish wife immunity to allow her to testify.

His wife, Annika Flodin, refused to come to the United States to testify in the trial because she thought she would be arrested for harboring a fugitive.

The court rejected all of Einhorn's arguments. "The trial court was well within its discretion to admit evidence of Einhorn's past violence against women in order for the prosecution to prove a common scheme," the court ruled.

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November 27, 2006 at 10:43 pm
(1) Spike says:

I hope you rot in hell Ira Wankerhorn. How does it feel to be caged animal?

February 11, 2008 at 11:02 am
(2) d says:

I was the foreman on your jury the second time. You are guilty.

August 1, 2008 at 2:05 pm
(3) piper says:

Isn’t it strange to see Arlen Spector associated with Ira before his trial?

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