DENVER (AP) — A judge has declared that a Colorado man who was convicted of killing three people in two separate incidents received a fair trial, which likely moves the man's death sentence to the next step of the appeals process.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2x0dCDR ) that Arapahoe County District Court Judge Christopher Munch denied the death penalty appeal of Sir Mario Owens on Thursday, even though he found that prosecutors withheld some evidence that could have been favorable to Owens' side.

Munch said the sentencing was rational and justified in law.

Owens was first convicted of murder in 2007, in connection with the 2004 shooting death of 20-year-old Gregory Vann. And then in 2008, a different jury convicted Owens in the 2005 killings of Javad Marshall-Fields and Vivian Wolfe.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com