Appeals court orders new punishment trial for man on Texas death row since 1986


An El Paso man convicted and condemned for the slaying of an elderly woman almost 30 years ago has won a new punishment trial.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Wednesday with a trial judge 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 persuaded jurors to opt for a sentence other than death.

The ex-cook was 27 when 88-year-old Jewell Haygood was found strangled to death in the bathroom of her El Paso home in October 1984. He also was suspected in the deaths of 62-year-old Iona Dikes and 82-year-old Julia Fleenor, both found strangled at their El Paso home the same month.



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