Homicide

No new trial for Briton who claims he was framed in Miami

In this undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Corrections shows Krishna Maharaj in custody. The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, upheld without comment a 2015 ruling against a new trial for 77-year-old Maharaj. Maharaj contends he was framed by Colombian drug cartels for the 1985 shooting deaths of his business partner and the partner's son at a downtown Miami hotel. (Florida Department of Corrections via AP)

In this undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Corrections shows Krishna Maharaj in custody. The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, upheld without comment a 2015 ruling against a new trial for 77-year-old Maharaj. Maharaj contends he was framed by Colombian drug cartels for the 1985 shooting deaths of his business partner and the partner's son at a downtown Miami hotel. (Florida Department of Corrections via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A British man who claims he was framed by Colombian drug cartels for a double-murder in a Miami hotel has lost his appeal for a new trial.

Krishna Maharaj, a former championship horse breeder in England, has been serving life in prison for the 1986 killings of his business partner and the partner's son.

Books and documentaries and news stories in Britain have explored the case of Maharaj, now 77.

But a Miami judge labeled his claims of innocence "preposterous" last year, a ruling upheld without comment Wednesday by the Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal.