HOUSTON -- The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has sent the case of a condemned killer back to his trial court in Houston to examine again claims the convicted man is mentally impaired and ineligible for execution.
A jury in 1999 convicted Joel Escobedo of capital murder for robbing and fatally shooting a 65-year-old man at a Houston bus stop in 1998.
The 50-year-old Escobedo is among more than a dozen inmates who wound up on Texas death row after they were examined by psychologist George Denkowski. He’s been reprimanded by a state medical board for questionable evaluation methods in criminal cases.
The court’s ruling Wednesday allows Escobedo’s trial court to accept the original findings or determine new recommendations to be delivered to the appeals court within 90 days.