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HOUSTON (AP) – A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal from a South Texas man sent to death row for a triple slaying at a neighbor’s home 10 years ago.

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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused an appeal from 30-year-old LeJames Norman, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to the shootings in Edna, near Victoria.

Court documents show Norman and an accomplice, Ker’Sean Ramey, mistakenly barged into a home where they believed they’d steal cocaine. Killed were 24-year-old Samuel Roberts, 18-year-old Tiffany Peacock and 38-year-old Celso Lopez.
Norman fled to Mexico, then was arrested using false identification trying to get back into the U.S.

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The appeals court late Friday rejected arguments he had deficient legal help at his trial and in earlier appeals.

Ramey also is on death row.

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