A Port Arthur Man's appeal of his 2016 murder conviction and sentence has been denied by the Texas Court of Appeals.

Dennis Jermaine Booker, 24, was convicted by a Jefferson County jury in 2016 and sentenced to 60 years in prison for the stabbing death of Xavier Cane, 20.

In his appeal Booker claimed he had ineffective assistance of council and that the court erred by admitting a statement he made while in police custody.

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Booker also claimed in his appeal that the court denied allowing his claim of "sudden passion" to be admitted for consideration during his punishment.

Booker was having a fight with his girlfriend during a 2014 party at the Stonegate Manor Apartments in Port Arthur when Cane attempted to intervene,

Cane, who the cousin of Booker's girlfriend, was fatally stabbed through the heart with a kitchen knife by Booker.