HOUSTON (AP) - A divided federal appeals court panel has rejected an appeal from a San Antonio man on Texas death row for the gang rape and fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl in 1996.
In a 2-1 vote, a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel has turned down arguments that Carlos Trevino’s trial attorneys were deficient for not showing jurors his mother’s drinking while she was pregnant with him left Trevino with fetal alcohol disorder and could have contributed to his violent behavior.
Trevino was convicted of the slaying of Linda Salinas in an attack at a San Antonio park a month after he was released from prison for an auto theft conviction.
The 42-year-old is one of four men convicted in the case but the only one sentenced to death.
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