PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s highest court has denied a new trial for a Massachusetts man convicted in the slayings of three people found in a burning car.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday affirmed the 2014 murder and arson convictions of Randall Daluz of Brockton, Massachusetts. He was tried with Nicholas Sexton, who was also convicted and sentenced in the case.

Daluz is serving three life terms for the deaths of 24-year-old Nicolle Lugdon, of Eddington, 26-year-old Daniel Borders, of Hermon, and 28-year-old Lucas Tuscano, of Bradford. Their bodies were discovered burned beyond recognition in a car in Bangor in 2012.

Daluz’s attorney had argued that repeated references to Daluz’s race clouded the jury’s judgment. The court ruled that the comments didn’t deprive Daluz — an African-American — of a fair trial.

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