An appeal for Jose Eduardo Arredondo has been denied. Arredondo was found guilty last year of brutally murdering and rapping two-year-old Katherine Cardenas in 2009. Arredondo's defense cited two main reasons why they were filing an appeal after he was sentenced to four life sentences, two of them to be served consecutively. The first reason stated the defense thought the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy of Cardenas should have taken an oath of office. The fourth court of appeals found, though, that the medical examiner is an employee of the county, not a public official and did not need to take an oath. The defense also stated it is a violation of the 8th and 14th amendment for Arredondo to serve two consecutive life sentences for the two separate counts of aggregated sexual assault. Because he was a minor at the time of the time, the defense said the two consecutive life sentences is ‘cruel and unusual punishment.’ (Isidro Alaniz/Webb County DA): "In almost any other circumstance we would agree with the defense, but at the end of the day, the one that selected and decided that the crimes that he committed was Arredondo. So in this case, the punishment fit the crime." The Fourth Court of Appeals denied the appeal stating Arredondo's constitutional rights were not violated.