- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A Dallas accountant sent to death row for the fatal shootings of his two young daughters 14 years ago has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step closer to execution.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected arguments from attorneys for 59-year-old John Battaglia. They contended his trial lawyers failed to fully question jurors about their openness to considering mental health evidence during jury selection for his 2002 capital murder trial.

Battaglia was condemned for the slayings of his daughters - 6-year-old Liberty and 9-year-old Faith. The girls were fatally shot at his apartment in 2001 as their mother, Battaglia’s ex-wife, listened helplessly on the telephone. At the time, she had accused Battaglia of violating a protective order.

Battaglia doesn’t yet have an execution date.

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