Condemned inmate tied to 4 Texas slayings loses appeal


HOUSTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused an appeal from a Texas death row inmate who confessed to four rape-slayings, another sexual attack where the victim survived and to molesting two children.

Attorneys for 54-year-old Anthony Shore argued to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that lawyers at Shore's 2004 Harris County trial didn't properly investigate and present evidence of his brain damage and that executing Shore would be unconstitutional because he suffers brain damage.

The appeals court says Shore told his trial attorney not to contest a death sentence and that his appeals lawyer has acknowledged while Shore has brain damage, he isn't intellectually disabled.

Shore was condemned specifically for the 1992 slaying of 20-year-old Maria Del Carmen Estrada. The Houston murder went unsolved for 11 years.

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