Conviction upheld in Greenfield double murder

In this 2010 file photo, Robin Anthony Hoose is seen during his murder trial at Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield.

BOSTON (AP) – The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld the first-degree murder convictions of a man from Greenfield who confessed to fatally stabbing two people to death in his apartment.

Robin Anthony Hoose is serving life in prison after being convicted in the 2007 killings of Irene Pierce of Turners Falls and Frank Blanchard of Springfield.

Prosecutors said that Hoose told police he killed the couple because he was angry when he discovered his watch and a ring were missing.

Hoose argued in his appeal that the trial judge should not have denied his motion to suppress his statements and should have denied a request from prosecutors to exclude the testimony of a defense expert on the phenomenon of false confessions.

The Supreme Judicial Court rejected his arguments and declined to overturn or reduce his convictions.

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