A judge has ordered that a man convicted of murder in Hamilton County stay on death row.
Harold Wayne Nichols, who is now 57, had filed an appeal based on recent court rulings.
Afterward, both sides in the case had submitted an agreement that would have allowed Nichols to go off death row, but continue serving a life sentence.
However, Judge Don Ash rejected the agreement, saying any error in the Nichols case was "harmless error."
Nichols was convicted of the slaying of 21-year-old Karen Pulley.