- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused arguments a man condemned for the fatal stabbing of a 70-year-old Houston man nearly 25 years ago is mentally impaired and ineligible for execution.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling late Monday upholds a lower court finding that went against 51-year-old John Reyes Matamoros.

Courts generally have used a 70 IQ as the threshold for mental impairment. Tests have put Matamoros’ IQ from 77 to 62, although the lowest score came on a test by a psychologist who’s since been reprimanded for questionable practices. Courts have been reviewing cases he handled.

Matamoros was convicted of killing Edward Goebel, who was stabbed 25 times during a July 1990 break-in at his home.

Matamoros blamed the slaying on a fellow Mexican Mafia gang member.

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