Appeals Court Lifts Texas Death Row Inmate’s Reprieve A Texas death row inmate convicted of killing three teenagers as they slept is a step closer to execution.
HOUSTON (November 18, 2010)—The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted it’s reprieve for convicted killer John Balentine, who came within a day of execution last year for a triple slaying in Amarillo nearly 13 years ago.
The court said arguments from lawyers that Balentine's trial attorneys failed to tell jurors adequately in 1999 about his abusive childhood are procedurally defaulted and can't be considered.
The decision reverses a ruling earlier this year.
Balentine's appeals attorney, Lydia Brandt, said Thursday she will continue to pursue appeals.
Balentine, 41, was condemned for the slayings of Mark Caylor Jr., 17, and 15-year-olds Kai Brooke Geyer and Steven Watson, who were shot while they slept at a house in Amarillo where Balentine also once lived.
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