Michigan court denies Holt ax murderer’s appeal

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Photo of Ficher is provided courtesy of MDOC.

Jacob Ficher, courtesy of MDOC

HOLT, Mich. (WLNS) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has denied a Lansing murderer’s attempt to overturn his conviction.

On Feb. 4, 2019, 35-year-old Ammar Al-Yasari of Holt was murdered with an ax.

Then on Feb. 8, officials took in then 27-year-old Jacob Ficher and charged him with first-degree murder.

It was later revealed that Ficher was having an affair with Al-Yasari’s wife, 28-year-old Bdour Al-Yasari.

Bdour Al-Yasari

Ficher was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in Nov. 2019, with the jury having deliberated for two hours before reaching a verdict.

Ficher was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Ficher filed the appeal for a variety of reasons:

  • The court allowed autopsy pictures, saying they were irrelevant and prejudicial
  • The prosecutor argued facts not in evidence during his closing remarks
  • There was insufficient evidence on the first degree premeditation and the conspiracy
  • Ficher allegedly had ineffective counsel

The Court upheld all charges against Ficher in a unanimous vote of 3-0.

The now 30-year-old is being held at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson.

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