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A state appellate court has ruled that a fingerprint three members of an Illinois family convicted of murder hoped might free them isn't suitable for testing.

The 4th District Appellate Court agreed with a lower court that the print Michael Slover and Jeannette Slover and their son, Michael Slover Jr., want tested was not complete enough to test. The appellate judges on Friday called the request a shot in the dark.

The Slovers are serving 60-year sentences for their 2002 convictions in the killing of Michael Slover Jr.'s ex-wife, Karyn Hearn Slover. She was shot and pieces of her body dumped in Lake Shelbyville in 1996.

The fingerprint was taken from a nearby bridge railing shortly after her body was found.

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