DENVER (AP) — A Saudi Arabian citizen serving a life sentence for his role in the robbery and slaying of a Saudi oilman’s son has lost an appeal of his conviction.

Naif Al-Yousif was convicted in 2003 of charges including first-degree felony murder in the death of his cousin Abdulaziz Al-Kohaji, who was a Community College of Denver student.

Tariq Al-Dossary and Mishal Al-Swaidy also were accused but fled to Saudi Arabia. Al-Yousif contends Al-Dossary bullied him into participating in the crimes.

In his appeal, Al-Yousif argued his trial attorney was ineffective. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that if even if the attorney’s alleged errors hadn’t occurred, the outcome of the trial likely wouldn’t change.

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