Waco, Texas (AP) A Texas judge denied Friday a request for a new trial for former Waco sheriff Bradley Fuller.
Fuller pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a public servant last year and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Fuller has been released on bond, pending the outcome of an appeal of his conviction.
Fuller was indicted in 2016 for a string of killings in Waco in the 1970s.
A former WACO city councilman and his nephew were among those killed by Fuller and a group of men in a shootout.
Prosecutors said the group fired into the air and fired into a crowd, killing several.
Fuller denied that the shooting was politically motivated.
He also said he did not know the names of the slain men.
Fuller and his attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Fuller’s attorney did file a motion for a mistrial last month.
Fuller is currently serving a 14-year prison term for another murder he did in the 1980s.
He was also convicted of kidnapping in 2005 and sentenced to life in prison for the rape of a 15-year-old girl.