By MARLO BARNHART
Convicted murderer Edward Charles Stouffer's motion for a new trial Wednesday was denied by Washington County Circuit Judge Fred Wright.
Defense attorney Arthur Boyce argued unsuccessfully that the evidence was insufficient, that the weight of the evidence wasn't sufficient and that a hair sample and a statement should have been suppressed.
A jury, which heard testimony for five days, deliberated for five hours Nov. 4 before finding Stouffer guilty of felony murder and kidnapping in the 1989 death of Jeffrey Fiddler.
Stouffer, 27, of Hagerstown, was jailed pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation.
Stouffer was the second man to be convicted in the death of Fiddler seven years ago. Two others were acquitted, one by a jury and one by a judge.