HOUSTON (AP) — A 45-year-old Texas death row inmate convicted of killing two men in Fort Worth for duping him into buying a phony rock of crack cocaine has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step closer to execution.
Christopher Wilkins had argued to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that he had deficient legal help at his 2008 trial in Tarrant County.
Court records show Wilkins escaped from a Houston halfway house in October 2005 and drove a stolen truck to Fort Worth. He met a homeless man, Willie Freeman, who supplied and shared drugs with another man, Mike Silva. Freeman and his supplier tricked Wilkins into spending $20 for a piece of gravel. Freeman and Silva were together a few weeks later when they were shot by Wilkins.
(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Getting To Polls Difficult For Disabled McKinney Residents
- Safety Concerns Arise After Cyclist Hits Child On White Rock Path
- Mavericks Fall To Indiana In OT On Opening Night 130-121
- 1 Killed In Crash Of Experimental Plane Near Houston
- Texas House Speaker Adds Pressure Over Special Education
- Texas City Working To Turn Sewer Water Into Tap Water
- Plano Man Killed After Reentering Burning Home To Retrieve Phone
- Allen ISD’s $60 Million Football Stadium Closed For Months
- Spring One Day, Thundersleet The Next
- North Texas Man “Crowdfunds” $90,000 Birthday Party
- PHOTOS: Your Pet Pictures