HOUSTON (AP) — A man convicted and sent to Texas death row for the fatal shootings of his estranged wife and her 15-year-old daughter in 2010 has lost an appeal before the state's highest criminal court.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday rejected arguments from lawyers for 44-year-old Jaime Piero Cole that there were 17 errors at his Harris County trial two years ago for the deaths of 31-year-old Melissa Cole and her daughter Alecia Castillo. Both were shot repeatedly at their Houston apartment.
Cole drove off with the couple's 2-year-old son and was tracked to Wharton. He was arrested there leaving a Wal-Mart store where he'd just bought a box of ammunition.
Prison records show he's a native of Ecuador.
Cole still can appeal his case to the federal courts.