Kevin Foley booking mugshot

Kevin Foley booking mugshot. The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a former state trooper serving life in prison for the slashing death of his live-in girlfriend’s estranged husband.

Attorneys for 50-year-old Kevin Foley argued that his trial attorneys were ineffective for not suggesting that a neighbor might have killed Blairsville dentist John Yelenic.

The court issued a one-line opinion rejecting the appeal.

The Supreme Court had previously refused to hear an appeal on other grounds Foley’s attorneys raised.

Indiana County prosecutors say Foley beat and stabbed Yelenic on April 13, 2006, a day before he was to sign papers in a divorce so acrimonious that Yelenic’s attorney tried unsuccessfully to get the divorce decree issued after his death.

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