Inmate loses appeal in death-penalty case

By MICHAEL GRACZYK
Associated Press Writer

A federal appeals court has rejected a condemned Texas man's appeal of his conviction and death sentence for the baseball bat murders of his live-in girlfriend and her teenage son.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of David Martinez, 35, who argued his trial attorneys were deficient and his sentence was unconstitutional.

Martinez was on parole after serving five months of a five-year sentence for attempted sexual assault when he was arrested for the July 1994 slayings of Carolina Prado, 37, and her son, Erik, 14, in San Antonio.

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