The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in the case of 50-year-old John Reyes Matamoros.
The Mexican Mafia gang member was convicted in 1992, two years after his 70-year-old neighbor, Eddie Goebel, died of 25 stab wounds during a break-in at his home in Houston. Matamoros was on parole at the time after serving prison time for another break-in where a pregnant woman was sexually abused.
Matamoros' lawyers contended he deserved a court review because of trial testimony from a Fort Worth psychiatrist whose methodology and credibility have been questioned in other capital cases.
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