Condemned killer of Fort Worth women loses appeal

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 27, 2008 file photo, the gurney used to restrain condemned prisoners during the lethal injection process is shown in the Texas death house in Huntsville, Texas. Texas and other states that lead America in executions are sentencing many fewer inmates to death, a trend that slowly is reducing the death row population in the United States, a report from an anti-capital punishment group says. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 27, 2008 file photo, the gurney used to restrain condemned prisoners during the lethal injection process is shown in the Texas death house in Huntsville, Texas. Texas and other states that lead America in executions are sentencing many fewer inmates to death, a trend that slowly is reducing the death row population in the United States, a report from an anti-capital punishment group says. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — A prisoner on Texas death row for the fatal stabbings of an 89-year-old woman and her 71-year-old daughter at their Fort Worth home has lost a federal court appeal for a second time.

Condemned killer Billy Jack Crutsinger argued he had deficient legal help at his trial and that a federal judge improperly denied him money to hire an investigator and expert to pursue that claim.

A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel, after agreeing to a rehearing, rejected the arguments Monday. The court similarly turned down an appeal last year.

The 59-year-old Crutsinger faces execution for the April 2003 slayings of Pearl Magouirk and Patricia Syren. Evidence showed Crutsinger got into their home under the pretense of doing some work.

He does not yet have an execution date.

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