TX: John Battaglia loses appeal with U.S. Supreme Court
Tue Jan 12, 2016 15:09

Texas death row inmate John Battaglia loses appeal with U.S. Supreme Court
Sarah Mervosh - Dallas Morning News
Published: January 11, 2016 1:56 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeal from the former Dallas accountant who is scheduled to die for killing his two young daughters.

The high court had no comment Monday in rejecting the appeal from 60-year-old John Battaglia.

His execution is scheduled for March 30.

Battaglia was on probation for hitting his ex-wife in 2001 when he took his daughters, 9-year-old Faith and 6-year-old Liberty, to his Deep Ellum loft. He shot them while on the phone with their mother.

“Mommy, why do you want Daddy to have to go to jail?” Faith asked before she died.

Battaglia has been on death row since he was convicted of capital murder in 2002. His case went to the Supreme Court after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals similarly rejected his appeal that contended lawyers at his trial were deficient.

In a 2013 interview with The Dallas Morning News, he maintained that he loved his daughters but said he’s a “a little bit in the blank” about what happened.

“I don’t feel like I killed them,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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