A judge denied a request for a retrial for a Waco man convicted of capital murder in the February 2012 shooting death of a Belton man.

Chance Deallen Keller, 27, asked for a retrial during a heated hearing Friday after the district attorney’s office received a letter from a fellow inmate indicating he overheard someone else take credit for the murder of Stephen Wright.

Wright, 20, appeared to have been killed in a drug deal gone bad. Police later connected the gun used in the slaying to Keller, who was charged with the crime while he was already in jail for a robbery charge in Waco.

Keller admitted to being at the scene, but blamed another man he said was present. He is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Philip Jankowski

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