HUNTSVILLE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected an appeal from a 48-year-old man set for execution next week for the slayings of two men in Fort Worth more than 11 years ago.READ MORE: Sunburned: Red-Hot Mavs Fall To Phoenix After Rough 4th Quarter 109-101
Christopher Wilkins faces lethal injection Wednesday evening in what would be the nation’s first execution of 2017.
Wilkins contends his lawyer at his 2008 trial in Tarrant County was deficient. The appeals court says the appeal is improper and has dismissed it without ruling on its merits.READ MORE: Texas Amber Alert Issued For 14-Year-Old Hillary Salcedo Out Of Buda
Wilkins has another appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Evidence showed that in October of 2005 Wilkins left a Houston halfway house without permission, stole a truck and drove to Fort Worth. He was convicted of fatally shooting two men there after they duping him into spending $20 for a piece of gravel that was supposed to be a rock of crack cocaine.MORE NEWS: Cashing Out? City Of Dallas Revokes 'Poker Room' Permits Months After Approving Them
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