Posted Aug 23, 2012 04:32 pm CDT
For the second time in two years, a convicted Texas triple murderer has been given a last-minute reprieve by the U.S. Supreme Court on the day he was scheduled to be executed.
He contends that mitigating evidence that could have resulted in a life sentence wasn’t presented at sentencing due to ineffective assistance of counsel. In its one-paragraph Wednesday ruling, the nation’s top court said it is granting the stay so that it can consider Balentine’s petition for review.
In 2009, Balentine got a reprieve from the 5th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals a day before he was to be executed.
He was convicted of shooting to death three sleeping teenagers in 1998 at his ex-girlfriend’s home.