GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - In a 11-5 decision, the US Court of Appeals in Cincinnati Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Marvin Gabrion, 24 Hour News 8 has confirmed.
Gabrion was convicted in 2002 of killing 19-year-old Rachel Timmerman in Newaygo County.
Police said she was alive when he bound her body with chains and cinder blocks and threw her into Oxford Lake in the Manistee National Forest. Police found her dead in 1997.
Authorities said Gabrion, from White Cloud, killed her to prevent her from pursuing a rape case against him.
Gabrion was convicted and sentenced in federal court because the crime occurred on federal property. He has spent the past decade appealing the rulings.
Police searched the same lake for Timmerman's 11-month-old daughter, Shannon Verhage , believing Gabrion dumped her there with her mom. But Shannon remains missing.
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