Court: NJ Megan's Law killer can continue appeal

(AP) - An appeals court says the sex offenderconvicted of killing the New Jersey girl that Megan's Law is namedafter has the right to continue

TRENTON - (AP) - An appeals court says the sex offenderconvicted of killing the New Jersey girl that Megan's Law is namedafter has the right to continue some legal appeals.

Jesse Timmendequas claimed his lifesentence should be reversed or he should get a new trial.

The state appeals court issued a mixed ruling Tuesday. The panelsays it was wrong for a lower court judge to dismiss some of hisclaims as moot after the state abolished the death penalty in 2007.

Now, a lower court is being told to address the merits of thoseclaims.

The 50-year-old was sentenced to death in 1997 for the 1994kidnap, rape and murder of 7-year-old Megan Kanka.

Megan's Law requires notification when high-risk sex offendersmove into neighborhoods.

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