A former Dallas accountant who fatally shot his two younger daughters whereas their mom listened helplessly on the cellphone has been put to loss of life in Texas.
John David Battaglia obtained a deadly injection Thursday evening for the Might 2001 killings of his 9-year-old daughter, Religion, and her 6-year-old sister, Liberty.
Battaglia’s final phrases earlier than his loss of life at 9:40 p.m. included a greeting to his ex-wife. “Hello Mary Jean. See y’all later. Go forward please,” he mentioned, based on the Houston Chronicle.
Battaglia’s execution marks the third throughout the nation in 2018.
Hours earlier than Battaglia’s scheduled loss of life sentence, the fifth Circuit Court docket of Appeals denied his lawyer’s request to dam the deadly injection.
His authorized workforce adopted up with a last-minute attraction claiming Battaglia suffers from extreme psychological sickness, however the U.S. Supreme Court docket rejected it with out giving a purpose.
Battaglia had been divorced from his spouse, Mary Jean Pearle, for a couple of yr when he shot their two daughters throughout a scheduled go to.
The ladies have been at Battaglia’s home for dinner when he discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest. Pearle was looking for to have him arrested for violating a protecting order.
Battaglia later urged his older daughter to cellphone their mom and ask why she wished him to go to jail, Texas Tribune reported.
Earlier than he unleashed a collection of bullets, Pearle mentioned she heard her daughters’ remaining cries for assist.
“No, daddy, please don’t do it,” they pleaded.
Authorities later found their our bodies within the basement of Battaglia’s house with a number of gunshot wounds. Religion had been shot 3 times, Liberty 5.
Hours later, authorities arrested him outdoors a tattoo store, the place he’d simply gotten two purple roses inked onto his arm in honor of his daughters.
With Information Wire Companies