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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.

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