Swat team arrives to find the bar strewn with bodies, survivors huddling in terror, and others desperately trying to get out.
The gunman is then chased by a deputy to a parking lot where he shot himself in the chest.
Court of appeal says his argument lacks merit and that there was substantial evidence for the conviction.
More than 2,000 people are driven from their homes by the flames, and while thousands are left without power.
He is believed responsible for dozens of rapes, killings and burglaries in the 70s and 80s.
Some 100,000 people have been forced from their homes.
Police say one of her students fatally shot, while another student wounded by her estranged husband.