ST. JOSEPH — A man who kidnapped, raped and killed a 10-year-old girl in Benton Harbor in 1987 has lost a renewed bid for freedom.

Tommy Richards, 49, was 17 when he raped and suffocated Shamika Hicks, stuffed her body in trash bags and left her in an abandoned refrigerator that was among trash in an otherwise vacant field. After a community-wide search for Shamika, whose mother had reported her missing, her body was found May 4, 1987.

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