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HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeal from a condemned triple killer in Austin who contends his previous attorney abandoned him and missed a critical deadline for filing an appeal.

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The high court, without comment Monday, refused an appeal from 53-year-old Louis Castro Perez.

He’s on Texas death row for the 1998 slayings of 31-year-old Michelle Fulwiler, 38-year-old Cinda Barz and Barz’ 9-year-old daughter, Staci Mitchell.

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Evidence showed the women, who worked for the Travis County juvenile probation department, were fatally beaten with a cast iron skillet. The girl was strangled. All three shared an Austin home.

Attorneys for Perez have been arguing unsuccessfully that a lower court improperly has barred them from filing an appeal after a court deadline.

He doesn’t yet have an execution date.

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