BROCKTON (AP) — The convicted killer of a 10-year-old Cambridge boy has lost a bid to change his name.

Charles Jaynes, who is serving a life sentence in prison, had sought to change his name to Manasseh-Invictus Auric Thutmose V, in line with his constitutional right to practice the Wiccan religion.

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The Brockton Enterprise reports that Plymouth County Probate and Family Court Judge Catherine Sabaitis turned down the request, calling it “inconsistent with public interests.”

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Prosecutors said Jaynes and another man smothered Jeffrey Curley in 1997 with a gasoline-soaked rag when he resisted their sexual advances. The boy’s body was found in a weighed-down plastic container in a Maine river several days later.

The boy’s father, Robert Curley, opposed the name change and called Wednesday’s ruling “very good news.”

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