death penalty news—–TEXAS

Nov. 28


Lubbock Death Row Inmate Loses Appeal

A Lubbock man lost his death row appeal Wednesday according to the Dallas
Morning News website.

Joe Franco Garza, 37, was convicted of the 1998 robbery and strangling of
Silbiano Rangel, 71. The victim was a retired preacher who agreed to give
Garza a ride. But according to court records he strangled the victim and
took his money.

Garza successfully appealed his death sentence in federal court. During a
re-trial he was sentenced to death a second time. It's the re-trial that
Garza appealed this time to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and lost.

(source: KCBD News)