COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A federal judge has rejected an appeal by an obese death row inmate that is unrelated to the inmate's attempt to stop his execution because of his weight.
Condemned killer Ronald Post wants more time to pursue arguments that claims he made a full confession to several people have been falsely exaggerated.
Cleveland federal judge Lesley Wells ruled Thursday that Post can't bring up the argument again since it's been decided previously.
But the judge sent the question to a federal appeals court in Cincinnati for a final determination according to federal law governing this type of appeal.
Post was sentenced to die for shooting Elyria hotel clerk Helen Vantz in 1983.
A separate appeal argues that Post is too obese to be put to death humanely.
His execution date is slated for Jan. 16, 2013.
ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer