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Andrew Pakhomov is serving a 45-year sentence at Kilby Correctional Facility. (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

Andrew Pakhomov is serving a 45-year sentence at Kilby Correctional Facility. (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has denied the request of a former UAH Professor for “post conviction relief” filed under Rule 32.  A jury convicted Andrew Pakhomov for the strangling death of his wife in 2009.

Pakhomov raised numerous claims, including ineffective counsel, but court documents show the appeals court determined he didn’t prove that claim.

Pakhomov, 49, was sentenced to 45 years in prison in 2009 for strangling his wife, Yelena Zakin, and dumping her body in the Tennessee River.  Huntsville attorney Robert Tuten represented Pakhomov in his trial.

Andrew Pakhomov's arrest mugshot at the time of his wife's murder

Andrew Pakhomov’s arrest mugshot at the time of his wife’s murder

The jury determined the physics professor killed his wife after she wrecked his office after she found him with another woman. A fisherman found her body a few days later, partially submerged.

Pakhomov is in the sixth year of his sentence at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery County.  He will be considered for parole in 2024.