- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - A man sent to death row for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel and dumping it in a ravine has lost an appeal before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

The court Wednesday rejected an appeal from 46-year-old Troy Clark, calling it an abuse of the writ process, without considering the appeal’s merits.

Clark was condemned for the May 1998 slaying of a former roommate, 20-year-old Christina Muse of Tyler.

Evidence showed Muse was hit with a stun gun, beaten with a board, bound with duct tape and kept in a closet before she was drowned at Clark’s Tyler home. Records indicate Clark and a friend were using and selling methamphetamine and worried she would snitch on them.

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