McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — The Court of Criminal Appeals for the second time has rejected a man's challenge to his death sentence for participating in the 2004 deaths of four people in North Texas, including two high school football players.
The Collin County district attorney's office says in a news release that the court Wednesday rejected Raul Cortez's challenge to his death sentence for the slaying of Austin York, a McKinney North High School football player.
Also killed in the same incident were fellow football player Matt Self, their friend 25-year-old Mark Barbosa and Barbosa's aunt, 46-year-old Rosa Barbosa.
Testimony showed the shooting at a McKinney home was the result of a botched robbery.
The break in the case came three years after the slayings, when an accomplice admitted his participation and implicated Cortez.