Killer of two Houston women loses death row appeal

HOUSTON Walter Alexander Sorto contended he was mentally impaired, making him ineligible for execution under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The Texas court said Wednesday he failed to provide enough evidence to support his claim.

The 33-year-old Sorto is one of two men condemned for the abduction, rape and fatal shootings of 24-year-old Roxana Capulin and 38-year-old Maria Rangel.

The women were waitresses at a restaurant in what's known as Houston's East End. Prosecutors said Sorto was on probation at the time of the killings and was responsible for at least two other murders.

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