HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Harris County man’s death sentence for fatally stabbing his 38-year-old girlfriend and strangling her two daughters has been upheld by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
The state’s highest criminal appeals court on Wednesday rejected what Garland Harper’s attorneys said were eight errors from his trial two years ago. They include jury selection issues and challenges to his confession being allowed into evidence.
Harper was living in a Houston condo with Triska Rose in 2008 when he accused her of cheating on him. She was tried up, stabbed and had her throat slit. Also killed were her 15- and 7-year-old daughters.
Defense attorneys said he was mentally ill with a drug problem. He had a previous prison record for robbery.
Harper doesn’t have an execution date.