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Superior Court rejects David Rapoport's appeal claim

He was convicted for 20ll killing of his girlfried and their unborn child

Court: Rapoport can't appeal

Pennsylvania Superior Court has rejected a convicted killer's technical claim that he was denied his right to appeal.

The court's decision in the case of David Adam Rapoport was issued Thursday.

On Dec. 8, 2011, Rapoport pled guilty to the first degree murders of both 27-year-old Jennifer Snyder and the fetus she was carrying.  DNA tests revealed Rapoport was the father of the fetus. Officials said he was upset about her pregnancy.

Rapoport was married, but Snyder was his girlfriend. They had been co-workers at Maple Hills Veterinary Clinic in Lower Macungie Township, where he was a veterinarian.

In March 2011, he shot Snyder three times, wrapped her body in trash bags and disposed of it in a ravine off Game Preserve Road in North Whitehall Township.

He was given consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

In exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty, Rapoport agreed in writing to never seek any appeals and that no other court would review his case.

In Thursdays' decision, the Superior Court noted that Rapoport knowingly and voluntarily gave up his rights to appeal.

Rapoport argued that a wavier of his appeal rights under the Post Conviction Relief Act had to be oral as well as written. The PCRA court also did not agree and the Superior Court upheld that decision.

Rapoport resided in Lansdale, Montgomery County.

He is a 2002 graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown.

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