New penalty trial for man on death row since 1986
HOUSTON (AP) -- An El Paso man convicted and sent to death row for the slayings of two women almost 30 years ago has won a new punishment trial.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday agreed with a trial judge's findings that Angel Galvan Rivera had poor legal help at his 1986 trial in El Paso.
Rivera's appeals lawyers argued his trial attorneys didn't properly investigate Rivera's background or present evidence that could have convinced jurors to decide on a sentence other than death.
The former cook was 27 when 62-year-old Iona Dikes and 82-year-old Julia Fleenor were found strangled at their El Paso home in October 1984. The house had been set on fire. Evidence also showed they both had been raped.