MAN WHO SHOT HIS TWO DAUGHTERS AND MADE THEIR MOM LISTEN ON THE PHONE HAS HIS EXECUTION DELAYED

John Battaglia

John Battaglia

A former Dallas accountant and 60-year-old U.S. Marine who is on death row in Texas was granted a reprieve by Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based upon his mental status at the time of his crime. He was convicted of killing his 6 and 9-year-old daughters, Faith and Liberty by riddling them with bullets as their mother listened in horror on the phone. John Battaglia arranged to kill his daughters with his .45 caliber pistol, but first, he made sure that his ex-wife would hear them screaming on May 2, 2001 (He placed the call to the unsuspecting mom). The older daughter could be heard pleading, “No daddy, Don’t do it.” He had been set to die by lethal injection this week before the stay. The state did not really object to the request made by Battaglia’s lawyers. The issues of his mental will be litigated in the trial court.

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