Appeals Court Throws Out Death Sentence for Convicted Murderer
EDINBURG – An appeals court has thrown out the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a Donna man in 2006.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled five to four that trial attorneys for 47-year-old Douglas Armstrong conducted a constitutionally inadequate investigation.
A Hidalgo County jury decided on the death penalty after convicting him of the murder of Rafael Castelan in Donna.
The court said a more thorough investigation of Armstrong’s life and mental issues may have convinced at least one juror to choose a life sentence.
No word yet when his new punishment trial will begin.
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