POSTED: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 12:40pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 12:41pm
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the death sentence of man convicted of fatally stabbing a disabled woman at her San Antonio home after she refused to give him and his girlfriend money to support their $1,000-a-day drug habit. Armando Leza was condemned for the 2007 slaying of a neighbor, 57-year-old Caryl Jean Allen, who had helped them in the past. Evidence showed Leza and girlfriend Dolores Trevino sold items taken from the woman's apartment for cash. Leza's lawyers, in the appeal rejected Wednesday, raised 14 issues from his Bexar (bayr) County trial, including an argument that his waiver of Miranda rights wasn't voluntary or intelligent because he was on heroin at the time. Trevino testified against her boyfriend in a plea deal.