Alabama Supreme Court denies appeal for UAH professor who murdered wife

Updated: May. 20, 2016 at 11:23 AM CDT
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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - The Alabama Supreme Court denied the appeal filed by Andrew Pakhomov, the UAH professor who killed his wife.

Pakhomov is serving 45 years in prison for the murder of Yelena Zakin. Pakhomov dumped her body in the Tennessee River in Decatur.

In June 2006, two fishermen found Zakin's body floating in the river. A bag of rocks was tied around her neck.

Zakin and Pakhomov worked at UAH. He was a physics professor. She was a contracts research administrator.

According to police records, Pakhomov had an affair with a coworker. That coworker was arrested for perjury for lying to police about her relationship with Pakhomov. She paid a fine and did community service.

Pakhomov has filed and lost multiple appeals. The most recent appeal rejected by the Alabama Supreme Court was denied without a written opinion.

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