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.