State Supreme Court Declines to Hear John Kenney Case, Murder Conviction Upheld
July 16, 2012
The state Supreme Court announced July 11 it wouldn't hear an appeal by John Kenney, who was sentenced in 2008 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Kenney, known to friends as "Jack," was convicted for the slaying of Mel and Elizabeth Grimes, his next-door neighbors in Carmel Valley. The case drew national attention after a simmering dispute and bouts of violent confrontation ended with two people dead and one in prison.
The Sixth District Court of Appeal in April upheld Monterey County Superior Court Judge Stephen Sillman's sentence. The same court then denied Kenney a rehearing, and he petitioned the Supreme Court for a review.