A Delaware County Court judge denied the latest death-penalty appeal from Arthur J. Bomar, who was convicted of killing college athlete Aimee Willard in 1996, the district attorney announced Tuesday.
Judge Frank T. Hazel issued a 213-page opinion addressing 22 claims by Bomar in his appeal, making any future appeals on the same grounds more difficult.
The case has already been appealed to the state Supreme Court.
District Attorney Jack Whelan on Tuesday called Bomar "every parent's worst nightmare."
About 1:30 a.m. June 20, 1996, Willard was on I-476 driving home to Brookhaven from a Main Line bar when Bomar bumped her car from behind. The 22-year-old George Mason University lacrosse star pulled over on the southbound Springfield-Lima exit off-ramp. Bomar raped her, then beat her to death and dumped her body in a vacant lot in North Philadelphia.