HOUSTON (July 18, 2015) Gustavo Garcia, 42, who’s spent more than half his life on death row for the slaying of a suburban Dallas liquor store clerk, has lost a federal court appeal, moving a step closer to execution.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday rejected an appeal from Garcia, who was 19 in December 1990 when store clerk Craig Turski, 43, was shot to death with a shotgun during a holdup in Plano.
Authorities tied Garcia to a second slaying a month later, also in Plano.
Attorneys for Garcia contended his two written confessions improperly were admitted into evidence at his trial, that his trial legal help was deficient and that two prospective jurors improperly were excused.
Garcia was one of seven inmates involved in at attempted escape from death row in 1998.
Source: kwtx, July 18, 2015
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