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BTK Killer Abandons Court Appeal

September 19, 2006 GMT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ BTK killer Dennis Rader on Monday abandoned the appeal of his convictions in the deaths of 10 people.

In a brief court filing, his attorney, Carl Maughan, asked the court to dismiss the appeal.

Court papers did not say why the appeal was dropped, and Maughan did not immediately return a call to The Associated Press for comment.

Rader, who called himself BTK for his preferred method to ``bind, torture and kill″ his victims, pleaded guilty last year to killing 10 people from 1974 to 1991. His chilling courtroom confession ended a mystery that haunted Wichita for decades.

He was sentenced in August 2005 to 10 consecutive life prison terms. Kansas had no death penalty at the time of the murders.