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HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled an accused killer’s MySpace page was properly used as evidence by prosecutors to convince a jury to convict the Dallas-area street gang member of murder.

Ronnie Tienda Jr. appealed his conviction and 35-year prison term for the slaying of 23-year-old David Valadez in a 2007 shootout on a Dallas freeway.

In the appeal, Tienda argued the judge at his 2008 trial in Dallas County was wrong to allow MySpace entries into evidence because it was questionable whether Tienda created entries on his pages on the social networking site that referred to details of the killing.

The appeals court said Wednesday the content of Tienda’s postings, which included photos, comments and music, was sufficient to show he created and maintained it.

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