HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A federal appeals court has refused to consider an appeal that seeks to delay this week's execution of a former auto mechanic who shot and killed three of his former housemates while they were sleeping 14 years ago at a home in Amarillo.
The lawyer for 43-year-old convicted killer John Balentine had asked the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider the appeal after it was rejected by a three-judge panel of the court. The full court voted 11-4 Tuesday to reject the request.
Balentine is set to die Wednesday evening in Huntsville.
His lawyer says she'll take the case now to the U.S. Supreme Court.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.